Coarse, brutal and controversial, Puccini's Tosca is one of the most dramatic and best-loved operas in the repertoire.
This production from Director Christopher Alden digs deep into the heart of the story to uncover a heady mix of love, lust, cruelty, politics and religion. Taking place in modern day Italy, Floria Tosca, her lover and their enemies struggle in a world of political turmoil.
Puccini's music is soaring, tender and harrowingly powerful, the perfect match for the passionate story of Sardou's play, on which the opera is based. With some of the best-loved music in the repertoire including Tosca's Vissi d'arte and Cavaradossi's E lucevan le stelle, it is guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. The descriptive music brings to life this modern day tragedy, which unfolds in harmony with Puccini's stormy score.
Corrupt police chief Scarpia is obsessed with Floria Tosca, a celebrated singer and passionate lover of the art restorer Cavaradossi. But Cavaradossi's big heart leads him in to peril when he hides his friend - an escaped political prisoner - from the pursuing police. When Cavaradossi's crime is discovered he is tortured under Scarpia's orders. On hearing her lover's cries of pain, Tosca agrees to give herself to Scarpia on condition that he signs a document to secure her and her lover's freedom. Violated, Tosca's rage overcomes her and she takes her revenge, the consequences of which are more terrible than she can ever imagine...
To discover how the spiral of violence and desperation concludes, book your tickets now for this contemporary production of one of the most notorious and celebrated opera's of all time.
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"A real musico-dramatic thriller, which is more than can be said for many a Tosca"The Times of this production in 2002
"Alden's wholly serious and hugely powerful production is unlikely to be bettered"The Independent of this production in 2002
"Brilliant, original, enthralling, dangerous and downright perverse ... not to be missed by anyone with a taste for operatic adventure"The Daily Telegraph of this production in 2002
Dates and Booking Details
Leeds Grand Theatre26 Sep & 14, 22, 25, 28, 31 Oct
£10 to £58
0844 848 2720
The Lowry, Salford Quays4, 7 Nov
£14 to £51.50
0870 787 5790
Theatre Royal, Newcastle11, 14 Nov
£14.50 to £54.50
0844 811 2121
Theatre Royal, Nottingham18, 21 Nov
£14.50 to £54
0115 989 5555
Sung in Italian with English titles.
Lasts approximately 2 hrs 15 mins.
All performances start at 7.15pm unless otherwise stated.
Takesha Meshé Kizart is the young, vibrant soprano from Chicago who is singing the role of Floria Tosca this Autumn. The great-niece of Blues legend ‘Muddy Waters’ Morganfield, this is her first time singing for
Opera North. Find out more about Takesha online - you can see photos and videos of her performing on
My Space and You Tube.
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