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THE ROYAL OPERA

Patron

HRH The Prince of Wales

Music Director

Sir Antonio Pappano

Director of Opera

Oliver Mears

Director of Casting

Peter Mario Katona

Administrative Director

Cormac Simms

Generous philanthropic support from Julia and Hans Rausing

Tosca

Melodramma in Three Acts

08.12.2021 19:30

This is the 517th performance by The Royal Opera at the Royal Opera House

APPROXIMATE TIMINGS

The performance lasts about 3 hours, including two intervals
Act I
50 minutes
Interval
25 minutes
Act II
45 minutes
Interval
25 minutes
Act III
30 minutes

GUIDANCE

There are gunshots during Act III of this production

CREDITS

Music
Giacomo Puccini
Libretto
Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Director
Jonathan Kent
Designer
Paul Brown
Lighting Designer
Mark Henderson

CAST

Conducted by
Oksana Lyniv
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Concert Master
Sergey Levitin
Floria Tosca
Elena Stikhina
Mario Cavaradossi
Bryan Hymel
Baron Scarpia
Alexey Markov
Spoletta
Hubert Francis
Cesare Angelotti
Yuriy Yurchuk
Sacristan
Jeremy White
Sciarrone
Jihoon Kim
Shepherd Boy
Kaelan O'Sullivan
Gaoler
John Morrissey
Chorus
Royal Opera Chorus
Chorus Master
William Spaulding

SYNOPSIS

ACT I

Cesare Angelotti, a Consul of the former Roman Republic, has escaped prison and seeks refuge in the Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle. The painter Mario Cavaradossi, a Republican sympathizer working in the church, promises to help him. Angelotti hides as Cavaradossi’s lover Floria Tosca arrives. The lovers’ meeting reveals Tosca’s passionate love and jealousy. When Tosca has gone, Cavaradossi instructs Angelotti to dress in the disguise left for him, and hide at Cavaradossi’s villa. Baron Scarpia arrives at the church. He suspects Cavaradossi of hiding Angelotti. When Tosca returns, Scarpia uses a fan left by Angelotti to make her believe that Cavaradossi is having an affair. Tosca leaves for Cavaradossi’s villa, and Scarpia instructs his assistant Spoletta to follow her and track down Angelotti.

INTERVAL

ACT II


Scarpia has arrested Cavaradossi. He summons Tosca to his apartment, and forces her to listen as Cavaradossi is tortured in the next room. Tosca reveals Angelotti’s hiding place. Scarpia condemns Cavaradossi to death but tells Tosca that he will free her lover if she will offer herself to him. In agony, Tosca agrees and Scarpia tells her he will arrange a mock execution. As Scarpia embraces Tosca, she fatally stabs him.

INTERVAL

ACT III


As dawn approaches, Cavaradossi waits for his execution at the top of the Castel Sant’Angelo. Tosca arrives and tells him what she has done. She instructs him on how to pretend to die in the mock execution. When the soldiers shoot, Tosca is impressed with her lover’s acting. But Scarpia has double-crossed her and Cavaradossi really is dead. As Spoletta’s men arrive to arrest her for Scarpia’s murder, she leaps from the battlements to her death.

THE ROYAL OPERA

Music Director

Sir Antonio Pappano

Director of Opera

Oliver Mears

DIGITAL CAST SHEETS

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SAFETY GUIDELINES

The safety of our visitors, staff and artists are still our priority and we continue to have strict cleaning regimes and enhanced ventilation in place. There are hand sanitiser stations throughout the building. To help us provide a comfortable experience for everyone, please be mindful of others and their personal space.

Wearing a face mask is no longer required, but staff and visitors are welcome to wear one. Some seats in our auditorium are very close to our staff members and artists, such as the front row of the Orchestra Stalls, and seats near where our ushers and camera operators sit during the performance. These seats are clearly marked with a mask sign, and we ask those sitting in those seats to wear a face covering if they are able to. On behalf of our staff and artists, thank you.

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