11 February 2018 at 8.34pm | 1 Comment
Appearing charming, yet ultimately being manipulative: performing the character of Baron Scarpia is something of a workout for a singer's emotions.
'In here is a role which every baritone dreams of doing', he said. 'I can listen to these three opening chords and get an image of what I might be as Scarpia'.
The role makes full use of his acting talents, requiring a level of authority, control, and an impressive stage presence; and the music, with many phrases on just one pitch, offers very few places to hide.
'It's a very strong indication by Puccini that there's lots to be got out of the text, rather than the music', Finley explains.
'I'm going to take every moment that I can, musically, out of this score, with the coaches, with the directors of music, and I'm going to make it my Scarpia.'
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Tosca runs until 3 March. Tickets are now sold out, although returns may become available.
The performance is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Aud Jebsen, Rena and Sandro Lavery, The Mikheev Charitable Trust and Mr and Mrs Christopher W.T. Johnston.