Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Royal Opera House: Puccini's Tosca (2011)

At London`s Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, with The Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano conducts Puccini`s Tosca in 2011; it is a Jonathan Kent production.

Floria Tosca: Angela Gheorghiu
Mario Cavaradossi: Jonas Kaufmann
Baron Scarpia: Bryn Terfel
Cesare Angelotti: Lukas Jakobski
Spoletta: Hubert Francis
Sciarrone: ZhengZhong Zhou
Sacristan: Jeremy White


Giacomo Puccini  composed Tosca, a three-act opera, and Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa wrote the Italian libretto. The work, like most operas, is based on another narrative, in this case, Victorien Sardou's La Tosca (1887), a French-language dramatic play in five acts set in Rome, Italy, in June 1800. As written, the Kingdom of Naples's control of Rome is threatened by Napoleon's invasion of Italy. (The synopsis for the opera can be found here.)

Puccini's opera premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on January 14, 1900, to a good reception, with numerous encores. But its greater success was in Milan's La Scala, two months later, with Arturo Toscanini conducting on March 17, 1900. It was a great success and played to packed houses.

Front Cover of Tosca: This is an image of the front cover of the original 1899 libretto.
Source: Wikipedia

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