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Royal Opera House Cinema Season TOSCA (ROH) Wednesday 7 February 7:15PM
  • By: Giacomo Puccini
  • Conductor: Dan Ettinger
  • Design: Paul Brown
  • Director: Jonathan Kent
  • Language: Sung in Italian with English subtitles
  • Runtime: The performance lasts about 3 hours, including two intervals
  • Screening: Live from Covent Garden
  • Starring: Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja and Gerald Finley
  • Tickets: £15.00 Full concessions £13.00
  • Venue: THEATRE

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Drama, passion and fabulous music – Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera. Jonathan Kent’s production draws on the dangerous turbulence of Rome in 1800.

The painter Mario Cavaradossi helps a fugitive escape – and so attracts the attention of Scarpia, the sadistic Chief of Police. Scarpia captures Cavaradossi and has him tortured within earshot of his lover, the singer Tosca.

From its strident opening chords, Tosca conjures up a world of political instability and menace. 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. 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.

Please note: there are gunshots during Act III of this production.
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