A selection of audience responses to The Royal Ballet's performance of 'Emeralds', 'Rubies' and 'Diamonds', relayed to cinemas across the world.
The painter Mario Cavaradossi helps a fugitive escape – and so attracts the attention of Scarpia, the sadistic Chief of Police. Scarpia captures Cavaradossi and has him tortured within earshot of his lover, the singer Tosca.
From its strident opening chords, Tosca conjures up a world of political instability and menace. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – and with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.
- Giacomo Puccini
- Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
- Jonathan Kent
- Paul Brown
- Lighting designer
- Mark Henderson
Cast sheets will be available here soon.
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The Royal Ballet's performance of this delightful three-act work will be broadcast from the Royal Opera House to cinemas around the world.
Newly announced programme includes six Royal Opera and six Royal Ballet productions screened live in cinemas across the world.
To find out more visit the Tosca production page.