Why See Washington National Opera - Tosca?
The masterpiece is back
The 2018/19 season hails a return for Puccini's searing masterpiece. Consistently a sought-after work in any company's repertoire, Tosca is a thrilling tale that transports us to Rome in 1900 where society is beholden to Napoleon's Army amassing at its border. In its midst stands the famed opera singer Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, who are plunged into a gripping conspiracy of politics, tyranny and tragedy. A pure classic, featuring some of Puccini's most incredible music, Tosca is a must-see for any opera-goer!
What is the story of Tosca?
Under the cloud of rebellion on all sides, Rome is in the middle of a tumultuous change as the Royalist regime is winning over the Republic. Whilst the merciless Baron Scarpia is rounding up rebels and jailing them, Tosca rehearses in a church before meeting her lover Cavaradossi and his fugitive friend Angelotti. When the embittered Baron catches up with him he falls for Tosca, much to her anger, and tortures her lover in front of him. If she yields to him, she is promised his life under the guise of a false execution. But Scarpia's meanness knows no bounds and before the day is out, all life will be extinguished.
Opening night: 11 May 2019
Sung in Italian with English Subtitles
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