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Tosca
The Royal Opera: Tosca
Release date
7th Feb 2018
Running time
3hrs 0min
Director
Jonathan Kent
Cast
Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja, Gerald Finley

The Royal Opera: Tosca

12A cinema age rating  

Jonathan Kent's production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800.

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Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.

Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.

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