Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.
Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.
Duration: Approx 3 hours, including two intervals
Sung in Italian with English subtitles. An Opera in three acts.
Floria Tosca: Adrianna Pieczonka Mario Cavaradossi: Joseph Calleja Baron Scarpia: Gerald Finley
Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: Jonathan Kent Conductor: Dan Ettinger
This is a live streaming/broadcast of the production, shown in cinemas around the UK. 'Encore' screenings have been recorded live and released for broadcast at a later date.