Puccini’s Tosca has been called a “shabby little shocker” but ever since it was premiered in 1900, operagoers can’t get enough of it. Fuelled by revenge, lust, murder, and suicide – the opera continues to grip its audience.
Rome, June 1800 and the city is in ferment. The malevolent Baron Scarpia (Brett Polegato) wants to hunt down Angelotti, his political rival, but he is also in pursuit of the opera singer, Tosca (Izabela Matula), for entirely other reasons, but no less malign.
The key to both prizes is the artist Cavaradossi sung by Georgian tenor Otar Jorjikia fresh from presenting the role at La Scala, Milan.
With Francis O’Connor’s “epic” sets (The Times) and heart stopping arias delivered with lashings of love – and jealousy – this is an unmissable experience.
An opera in three acts
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa
First performance: 14 January 1900, Teatro Costanzi, Rome
UK première: 12 July 1900, Covent Garden
Cast & Creatives
TOSCA, a celebrated singer ∙ IZABELA MATULA Sponsor Harry Hyman
CAVARADOSSI, a painter ∙ OTAR JORJIKIA
SCARPIA, chief of police ∙ BRETT POLEGATO
ANGELOTTI, former Consul of the Roman Republic ∙ ALAN EWING Sir Adam & Lady Constable
SACRISTAN ∙ ANDREW SLATER Sponsor Keith & Lucy Jones, Nigel & Viv Robson, Anne & Barry Rourke
SPOLETTA ∙ ROBIN HORGAN Sponsor Jonathan Clarke
SCIARRONE ∙ THOMAS ISHERWOOD
SHEPHERD BOY ∙ KATIE MACDONALD
ORCHESTRA ∙ BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA