Tosca relayed LIVE and for free to BP Big Screens on 18 July 2013
Martina Serafin and Aleksandrs Antonenko star in Puccini’s classic thriller.
It is the final BP Big Screen of 2013 and, with tropical temperatures expected, is the ideal chance to enjoy opera in the sunshine with a picnic.
When a young painter agrees to help a political prisoner escape, he sets in motion a chain of events that lead to disaster for him and his lover. Featuring a sadistic police chief and two idealistic lovers, Tosca is a tragic thriller that combines love, loss, jealousy and passion.
Find out more from members of the cast and Director Jonathan Kent:
An instant hit
Tosca was an immediate success when it had its premiere in Rome in 1900, and has since become one of the most performed of all operas. Read more about why it is one of the best-loved operas.
‘Tosca is one of opera’s undeniable masterpieces,’ says ROH Director of Opera Antonio Pappano. ‘It is a melodrama that has everything: lust, love, politics, religion, betrayal, murder and execution, set to some of the most ravishing and gut-wrenching music.’
Hear more about the music in an extract from the BBC Two series Pappano’s Essential Tosca:
Jonathan Kent’s naturalistic production, now being revived for the fourth time, is set in the turbulence of 19th-century Rome. The play on which the opera is based, La Tosca by French dramatist Sardou, is set in three specific locations in Rome. Find out more Tosca‘s setting and its significance.
As part of BP Big Screens we will be running a competition inviting you to send us pictures of your picnics via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #BPbigscreens. The winner will be chosen on the night and receive a delicious picnic hamper courtesy of Company of Cooks.
Tosca runs until 20 July. Availability is limited to day tickets and returns. The production will return to the Main Stage in 2014.
The production is generously sponsored by Xstrata and generously supported by Roland and Sophie Rudd and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.