Tosca Henry Passes Away
Henry was a Studio Artist with Chautauqua Opera during the summer of 2022, making his Wichita State Opera Theatre debut as Jailer in Tosca. Additionally, Henry appeared as Papageno in their remotely-filmed cinematic adaptation of Die Zauberflote as well as Count in Le nozze di Figaro.
Publio from La Clemenza di Tito, Badger from Cunning Little Vixen, and Swallow from Peter Grimes for Glyndebourne on Tour; as well as Colline from Les contes d’Hoffmann and Valens/Carmen with Opera North are among his other roles.
Early Life and Education
She earned both her undergraduate degree from Southern Adventist University and law degree from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Additionally, she works at Ledbetter Law Firm in Old Town Cottonwood as well as volunteering with an area legal clinic.
She is the mother of three school-age children and an enthusiastic ultra-runner, as well as passionate about language learning – fluency in French and Spanish, currently learning Mandarin Chinese as her next adventure!
Barett Hoover, artistic director of HOT, notes Henry’s impact goes far beyond the stage. He credits her ability to engage the HOT chorus in telling an opera’s tale while paying close attention to each character – making them more than background players!
Tosca is an experienced legal problem solver known for providing honest, candid and direct advice. She specializes in residential and commercial lease agreements, eviction proceedings and sales disputes in Northern Arizona.
2022 sees her back at Indianapolis Opera as Scarpia from Tosca, Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Sarastro from The Magic Flute for Eugene Opera and Indiana University as well as Commendatore in Rigoletto for Madison Opera. Additionally she will return as Zuniga in Carmen at Indiana University Summer Opera Program as well as Leonore in La Traviata at Lake George Opera Festival.
Barett Hoover, HOT’s Artistic Administrator, credits Henry with having made an indelible mark at the company since 1996 when he took the reins as Artistic Administrator. Since that time, Henry set goals that have been accomplished – producing more opera throughout the year and expanding their education programs.
Achievement and Honors
Tosca Henry earned both her undergraduate degree from Southern Adventist University and legal expertise from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Now practicing law in Old Town Cottonwood through her firm Tosca Law Firm and volunteering her services at a monthly legal clinic within her community.
Bunny Christie is an award-winning production designer who has designed for many plays at the National Theatre, such as Ink directed by Rupert Goold, Company directed by Marianne Elliott, as well as classics. Additionally she has designed for Gielgud Theatre Studio.
After three years of absence, Stevens University hosted its signature venue after three-year hiatus and welcomed alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the Institute to enjoy performances from Carlos Alomar of Axel Tosca Trio; Kameelah Samar Majied ’00 M.S ’08; Carlos Alomar as Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Carlos Alomar with Axel Tosca Trio; as well as performances by President’s Ensemble featuring current student leaders of Stevens Institute. Carlos Alomar of Axel Tosca Trio was featured. Carlos Alomar’s performance featured performances by Carlos Alomar’s Axel Tosca Trio; alumni included Kameelah Samar Majied ’00 M.S ’08 among many other artists /performers/Performed.
Tosca had worked at Ledbetter Law Firm in Old Town Cottonwood as an attorney until her recent passing. Additionally, she volunteered at a legal clinic. Tosca is survived by her husband of 38 years, Kieya Moss; two grandchildren Tyree Kinnel and Tyson Kinnel as well as Zara Lynch for whom they cared; sister Joyce Emmons from Springfield Ohio, brother Daryl Artis from Springfield as well as numerous cherished nieces and nephews.
At its height, Davenport’s play remained part of several notable actresses’ repertoires during its heydays; Fanny Bernard-Beere and Ethel Barrymore in England; Blanche Walsh in America and Cora Urquhart Potter who performed it on tour were all notable actresses who took up Floria Tosca as roles; however none had as long a run as Milanov or Maria Jeritza who sang late into her career.
Tosca Henry is an award-winning producer and director of feature films and web content. Her work on Hallmark TV’s A Holiday Engagement and Tiki Bar TV cemented her place as a household name, while she directed Cruel World and produced several movies as well.
Tosca also leads a fulfilling career outside of filmmaking as CEO and co-founder of streaming platform Passionflix, which specializes in steamy adaptations of romance novels. Since 2017, Passionflix has released over 10 original films and series.
She also enjoys running ultramarathons and learning new languages – holding certificates in French and Spanish and conversant in Italian and Chinese conversationally. Currently living in Cottonwood, Arizona where she practices law at her own firm Tosca Law as well as volunteering monthly at Old Town Cottonwood Legal Clinic.