Powerful music, a gripping story and a tragic end: Puccini’s ever-popular Tosca returns to The Royal Opera with two fabulous casts. Among the star singers in this revival are Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Martina Serafin, Marcello Giordano and Juha Uusitalo.
The Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House are under the batons of Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera, and Paul Wynne Griffiths for a score that includes such great set pieces as the Act I ‘Te Deum’, ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’.
Jonathan Kent’s detailed production draws to the full on the historical backdrop of Rome in 1800, a political world of control and suspicion, beautifully evoked in Paul Brown’s lavish designs. The pageantry of church ritual, the darkness of a brooding study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of the light of a Roman dawn – all throw into relief the love of the beautiful diva Tosca, the idealism of her lover Cavaradossi and the deadly, destructive obsession of the malevolent Chief of Police, Scarpia. Drama, passion and fabulous music – Tosca is one opera’s great nights out.