- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A group that hopes to gain control of New York City Opera in bankruptcy proceedings will present six performances of Puccini’s “Tosca” next month in a staging based on the premiere production at Rome’s Teatro Costanzi in 1900.

NYCO Renaissance, whose general director is former Dicapo Opera Theater head Michael Capasso, said Thursday the run is set for Jan. 20-24 in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall. The group said it will use a staging based on Adolf Hohenstein’s original set and costume designs.

Rotating casts include Kristin Sampson and Latonia Moore in the title role, James Valenti and Raffaele Abete as Mario Cavaradossi, and Michael Chioldi and Carlo Guelfi as Scarpia. Pacien Mazzagatti will conduct the City Opera Orchestra and Lev Pugliese will direct.

NYC Opera, which gave its first performance in 1944, shut down in October 2013 and filed for bankruptcy. NYCO Renaissance, backed by former City Opera board member Roy Niederhoffer, hopes its reorganization plan is approved early next year.

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