Shelburne teen performs with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra

Over 100 young musicians from the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (BYSO) Boston Youth Symphony (BYS), including 16-year-old cellist McKinley James of Shelburne, will bring to life one of the most popular operas ever written – Puccini’s “Tosca.”

A melodrama in three acts, “Tosca” is a tragic tale of love and loss that becomes a struggle for survival. Floria Tosca, a celebrated opera singer who has all of Rome at her feet, is caught between two men – her lover and handsome painter, Cavaradossi and Scarpia, a corrupt chief of police who engage in a fierce battle of wills in this stormy tale of desire and deception. Tosca captures the events of a mere 17 hours in the year 1800, amidst the political turmoil of Rome. Puccini’s captivating music will present the young musicians performing center stage, professional singers in the coveted main roles, Handel and Haydn Society Chorus, Boston Children’s Chorus, and Convivium Musicum, all joining together in this one-time-only performance.

This opera performance takes place on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3 pm at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University at 45 Quincy St. Cambridge, Mass. Tickets start at only $30, and discounted student and senior tickets are available; call Sanders Theatre Box Office at (617) 496-2222.

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