It is the eve of the Battle of Marengo. Napoleon's army has caused chaos and disarray throughout all Italy. Against this background of political turmoil stands Floria Tosca, Rome's famous and most beautiful opera singer. To save her lover, Cavaradossi, she must sacrifice her virtue to the evil Baron Scarpia. Can the power of love and honour ever prevail against the forces of corruption and betrayal? Tosca is a moving and passionate exploration of personal freedom, the cost of ideals and the choices forced on us by love. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Approximate running time 2 hrs 40 mins.Performers Dennis O'Neill (Cavaradossi to Oct 25), Stephen O'Mara (from Nov 6), Deborah Riedel (Tosca), Daniel Sumegi (Scarpia), Timothy Mirfin (Angelotti), Alan Fairs (Sacristan).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giacosa. Lyrics Illica. Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Julian Smith (to Oct 4/16/18). Conductor Tugan Sokhiev (Oct 9/11/25 Nov 6-16). Director Michael Blakemore. Design Ashley Martin-Davis. Lighting Mark Henderson.