3 February 2018 at 10.03am | 17 Comments
The Royal Opera's production of Puccini's classic Tosca will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 7 February 2018.
The opera remains one of the most performed works in the repertory today – and with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.
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Set in Rome in 1800, Tosca tells the story of personal tragedy against the backdrop of political instability.
When the impulsive painter Mario Cavaradossi agrees to help a fugitive escape, he sets in motion a chain of events that will lead to disaster for him, his lover Floria Tosca and the sadistic Scarpia, Chief of Police in Rome.
Puccini's score contains some of the composer's best loved arias, including Tosca's heart-wrenching 'Vissi d'arte' and Cavaradossi's lamenting 'E lucevan le stelle'.
The meticulously-researched score also evokes all the grandeur and drama of early 19th century Rome, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad. Such as Puccini's attention to detail, that he went to extra lengths when composing Tosca; camping out on a Roman rooftop to discover how it felt to hear the morning bells as dawn broke over the seven hills, learning the exact pitch of St Peter's Bell and writing a shepherd boy's song in the city's specific dialect.
The live cinema relay will see Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka sing the title role alongside Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja as Cavaradossi. The role of Scarpia – one of all opera's most memorable villains – will be sung by Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley. Dan Ettinger will conduct.
Jonathan Kent's classically handsome production is supremely detailed, with lavish sets including a candle-lit Roman Church, a suite in the Palazzo Farnese and the ramparts of Castel Sant'Angelo.
Each scene is dominated by impressive scenery, including a massive statue of St Michael in Act II, and a vast carved wing in the night sky of Act III, as if an angel is watching over the dramatic finale.
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Tosca will be broadcast in cinemas across the world on Wednesday 7 February. Find a cinema near you and sign up to our mailing list.
The performance is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Aud Jebsen, Rena and Sandro Lavery, The Mikheev Charitable Trust and Mr and Mrs Christopher W.T. Johnston.