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.Performers Cheryl Barker (Tosca), John Hudson (Cavaradossi), Peter Coleman-Wright (Scarpia), Jonathan Veira (Sacristan), Graeme Danby (Sacristan from March 13), Nicholas Garrett (Angelotti), Andrew Rees (Spoletta), Toby Stafford-Allen (Sciarrone), Gerard O'Connor (Gaoler).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giacosa. Lyrics Illica. Company English National Opera. Director David McVicar. Conductor Mark Shanahan. Conductor Michael Lloyd. Director David McVicar. Design Michael Vale. Costume Brigitte Reiffenstuel. Lighting Paule Constable. Translation Amanda Holden.