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Watch: Jonathan Kent on what makes Tosca a director's dream

'Audiences leaving Tosca should feel a sense of waste' says the director of Puccini's thriller and its tragic lead character.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

19 February 2014 at 12.02pm | Comment on this article

Jonathan Kent's production of Puccini's Tosca returns to the Royal Opera House later this Season.

'Audiences leaving Tosca should feel a sense of waste,' says the director of the passionate and political thriller. 'It's impossible not to feel sympathy for Tosca, and a sense of admiration, as we watch what appears to be a fairly superficial woman become a woman of real distinction and real courage.

'Tosca has a wonderful narrative with three great and fascinating characters at its heart.'

Puccini's music is intensely dramatic and brings to mind some of Rome's most iconic sights - a quality not lost on the Olivier award-winning director:

'I think Puccini's music is some of the most evocative and emotional of the operatic repertoire. Of course the music is the thing that draws you in but his genius is that the music and the drama of the piece are integrated. The way he advances narrative through music is fascinating.'

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Tosca runs from 10 May-26 June 2014. Tickets are still available.
The production is generously sponsored by RLM Finsbury.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

19 February 2014 at 12.02pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Jonathan Kent, Film, giacomo puccini, interview, Jonathan Kent, Production, Tosca

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