Tosca

 

There are two major stars-to-be here: Patrick Blackwell, a deep, full-voiced baritone who also dramatically projects the evil dickishness of Scarpia, and Brian Cheney, whose bright, focused tones ring out heroically as Mario Cavaradossi.

KUSC | Los Angeles, CA

“Listen to Brian Cheney, in song and interview, and see if you agree: the next great tenor on the near horizon is a singer who has paid his dues and is due for a great unveiling.”

STAGE and CINEMA | Los Angeles, CA

“It is tenor Brian Cheney as the brave painter Cavaradossi who really blew me away. Cheney has that terrific tenor sound: the power, richness, and vocal color of a high baritone combined with ringing, awe-inspiring high notes.”

LA EXAMINER | Los Angeles, CA

“Cheney’s potent tones found their clarion marks like fated arrows ––(and) his acting was as fine as his voice. Cheney’s rooftop rendition of the romanza E lucevan le stelle (“And the stars were shining”) brimmed with felt pathos. Voiced in the cool night air, the romanza revealed a breathtaking immediacy that palatial opera houses cannot touch.”

CULTURE SPOT LA| Los Angeles, CA

“…the standout is Brian Cheney as Cavaradossi. Amplified by the resonant hall acoustic, his pure, bold tenor fills the space with humanity and pathos. ”

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