Opera in 3 acts
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa on the drama of Victorien Sardou
The premiere of the restored performance will take place on November 26, 2017.
The duration of the performance is 2 hours and 30 minutes (2 intermissions).
It is performed in Italian with Russian subtitles.
"Tosca" is included in the "hot ten" of masterpieces of the world opera. This is one of the greatest musical creations that open the twentieth century. Puccini is a great composer and a genius connoisseur of the female soul. His operas are mostly female portraits: "Madame Butterfly", "Turandot", "Manon Lescaut", "Floria Tosca"...
The premiere of the opera “Tosca” took place on January 14, 1900 in Rome at the Kostanci Theater. But eleven years earlier, the thirty-year-old composer saw the great tragic actress of France Sarah Bernhardt in “Tosca”, a play based on the play of their contemporary French playwright Victor Sardou. Fascinated by the "divine Bernard", Puccini wrote: "I think of “Tosca!" It is in "Tosca" that I see an opera for myself - not excessive size, not a splendid performance; this is not the plot that could give place to the usual musical excess." In his drama, Sardou succumbed to the fashion for historical subjects and turned to the events that actually took place in Italy in 1800. Puccini created refined and soulful work on this basis, putting in the center of composition the tragic fracture of the fate of Floria Tosca - the famous singer and the most beautiful woman of Rome.
The chosen man of Floria is the artist and fighter for the freedom of Italy, Mario Cavaradossi. Their love is like a fire. But the flame of quite other passions destroys their lives. Low treachery and cold political aim of police chief Baron Scarpia step by step lead the lovers to the sinister tower of the Sant'Angelo prison. In the face of death, beauty and love triumph for a short moment. But the crime, committed by Tosca in the name of love, avenges both her and her lover.
November 26, 2017
26 ноября 2017