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. Sky and Artsworld Season. Running time 2hrs 30mins. Original production supported by the Friends of ENOPerformers Claire Rutter (Tosca), Julian Gavin (Cavaradossi), Stephen Kechulius (Scarpia), Graeme Danby (Sacristan), Wynne Evans (Spoletta), Karl Daymond (Sciarrone).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giacosa. Lyrics Illica. Company Engish National Opera. Director David McVicar (original). Director Elaine Tyler-Hall (revival). Conductor Noel Davies. Design Michael Vale. Lighting Paule Constable. Translation Amanda Holden.