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 (+ Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno). Running time 2 hours 45 minutes.Performers Deborah Riedel (Tosca), Dennis O'Neill (Cavaradossi - until June 29th), Rafael Rojas (Cavaradossi - from July 4th), Peter Sidhom (Scarpia), Alan Fairs (Sacristan).
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giacosa. Lyrics Illica. Company Welsh National Opera. Company State Opera of South Australia. Conductor Julian Smith. Director Michael Blakemore. Director Benjamin Davis (revival director). Design Ashley Martin-Davis. Lighting Mark Henderson.