Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa und Luigi Illica after Victorien Sardou's La Tosca
Melodramma in 3 acts
They are two artists in love: Mario Cavaradossi paints pictures for the Roman clergy but sympathizes with the “repubblica romana” and hides an escaped supporter of that republic in his garden. Floria Tosca makes glowing appearances as a singer at celebrations for opponents of the republic. But her love for Mario is the driving force of her life. He falls victim to the brutal cruelty of the state. Its enforcer, Baron Scarpia, may be driven by political zeal. In the case of Tosca and Mario, though, his motive is jealous lechery. To save Mario’s life, Tosca gives in to Scarpia’s extortive deal.
According to legend, Verdi had wanted to set the sensationalistic French play by Victorien Sardou, with some borrowings from political history, to music, but considered himself too old for the task. Then Puccini couldn’t resist the temptation to take Tosca as an opera plot. He created a music drama all’italiana, a veritable drama of voices and orchestra, which places the inner motivations and acts of the pragmatists, their hopeless entanglements in the machinery of subjugation in stark contrast to the musical naturalism of banal everyday life all around them.
Above it all, however, stand the beauty, power and loneliness of the voice, her voice, the voice of Tosca.
In Italian with German surtitles
Co-production with the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Teatro alla Scala di Milano
|Thursday, 11 October 2012|
|7.00 p.m. - app. 9.40 p.m. |
|Playing time: 2 hours 40 minutes, 1 intermission|
|Open ticket sales and subscription|
Musikalische Leitung Carlo MontanaroInszenierung Luc BondyBühne Richard PeduzziKostüme Milena CanoneroLicht Michael BauerChöre Stellario FagoneFloria Tosca Tatiana SerjanMario Cavaradossi Jonas KaufmannBaron Scarpia Scott HendricksCesare Angelotti Goran Jurić Der Mesner Christoph StephingerSpoletta Francesco PetrozziSciarrone Christian RiegerStimme eines Hirten
Tölzer KnabenchorEin Gefängniswärter Tim Kuypers
The Bavarian State Orchestra
The Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera