2 February 2018 at 3.09pm | 10 Comments
In opera, the baddies get some of the best tunes. From Don Giovanni to the Duke of Mantua, the list of antagonists given the opportunity to bring the house down with applause is endless.
One of the art form's most memorable villains is Baron Scarpia from Tosca, a scheming and sadistic chief of police concerned only with power and personal gain.
With the opera live in cinemas around the world on 7 February, we asked baritone Gerald Finley to give us a rendition of Scarpia's signature tune – the Te Deum – via Facebook Live. The clip is now available to watch in full on-demand:
Tosca will be broadcast in cinemas across the world on Wednesday 7 February. Find a cinema near you.
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.