Event Type: Opera on Screen
Tosca

DATE:
Wed 7 February

TIME:
7:15PM

PRICE:
£17, £10 for under 15s.

Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.

Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. 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, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. 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 – with its gripping  plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.

A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.

OTHER EVENTS THAT MAY INTEREST YOU

Royal Opera House Die Walkure
Royal Opera House Die Walkure Date: 28/10/2018 Time: 5:00 pm - 9:50 pm Price: £17, £10 under 15s This second opera features several of the musical highlights of Wagner's great Ring’s cycle.
Royal Opera House The Queen of Spades
Royal Opera House The Queen of Spades Date: 22/01/2019 Time: 7:15 pm - 10:30 pm Price: £17, £10 under 15s Tchaikovsky’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural,
Royal Opera House La Forza Del Destino
Royal Opera House La Forza Del Destino Date: 02/04/2019 Time: 6:15 pm - 9:30 pm Price: £17, £10 under 15s Verdi’s epic opera features a star- studded cast including anna netrebko, jonas kaufmann and ludovic tézier.
Royal Opera House Faust
Royal Opera House Faust Date: 30/04/2019 Time: 6:45 pm - 10:30 pm Price: £17, £10 under 15s Decadence, elegance, 1870s Paris and Gounod's best-loved opera.