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Tosca

by Giacomo Puccini



Tosca
by Giacomo Puccini

The Roman opera par excellence

On the fantastic melodies of Giacomo Puccini, a few meters from Castel Sant'Angelo, come to relive the story of Floria Tosca, of her lover Mario Cavaradossi and of the terrible Baron Scarpia!

Tosca is the Roman lyric opera par excellence. The story takes place in Rome, at the time of the fall of the first Roman Republic on a precise date: Saturday, June 14, 1800, the day of the Battle of Marengo.
The first act is set in the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle, the second in Palazzo Farnese and the third in Castel Sant'Angelo.

Monica Cucca as Floria Tosca
Monica Cucca as Floria Tosca

Characters and  Interpreters
Floria Tosca,
a celebrated singer:
 Monica Cucca
Mario Cavaradossi,
painter:
 Alessandro Fantini
Baron Scarpia,
Chief of Police:
 Giordano Farina
Cesare Angelotti:  Andrea Cionci
Sciarrone, a Policeman:  Teofilo Ciardi
Musical director
at the piano:
 Diego Moccia
Directed by:  Luigi Zacco Giovanelli
Costumes:  MCCT & RomeConcerts
The show is in 3 acts with 2 short intervals.

RomeConcerts brings the Opera in Rome, in the full Heart of the City. The concert is in fact located just meters away from the Castel Sant'Angelo and the legendary St. Peter's Basilica, in a warm and intimate hall at Piazza di Ponte Sant'Angelo.

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Dates and Prices 2019

DATES

27 May, 17 June and 14 October at 8:00 PM

PRICES

General Price € 35
Youngs (19-26 YO, with ID) € 25
Teens (13-18 YO, with ID) € 20
Kids (under 12, with ID) FREE
 
 

WHERE

Piazza di Ponte Sant'Angelo 68, Rome (Italy).
A few meters from Sant'Angelo Castel and the St. Peter's Basilica.
 
 
 WHERE WE ARE

TIMETABLE AND OTHER INFO

The doors open half an hour before the start of the show. The show lasts about 110 minutes and is 3 acts, with 2 short intervals. No dresscode requested. The hall is fully accessible for wheelchairs.

BOX OFFICE

Piazza di Ponte Sant'Angelo 68, Rome (Italy).
On the day of the show, from 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

ARRIVING BY BUS

Lines 34, 40, 46, 62, 64, 190, 190F, 280, 916, 916F, 982, N5, N15 and N20 have stops near the hall.

Tosca's story

Act I

Rome, June 14, 1800, the day of the Battle of Marengo, a few months after the restoration of Papal State. Cesare Angelotti, former Consul of the Roman Republic, furtively enters the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle, having escaped from the prison of Castel Sant’Angelo. He searches for the key of the Attavanti chapel, which his sister, the Marchesa, has hidden in an arranged place, he finds it and akes refuge inside.

The painter Mario Cavaradossi arrives to work on a portrait of the Magdalene. Angelotti thinks he is alone and comes out of the chapel, and is astounded to see Mario, an old friend; but their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of Mario’s lover, the singer Floria Tosca.

Angelotti hides, but Tosca has heard voices and is furiously jealous, not least because she recognizes the Marchesa Attavanti’s features in the portrait. Mario reassures her and she leaves.

Angelotti and Cavaradossi can now resume their dialogue, but when a cannon shot announces that the escape has been discovered, they leave hurriedly.

Castel Sant'Angelo
The poster of the first absolute representation of Tosca

Scarpia, the chief of police, enters the church with a policeman, and in the course of their investigations they find a folding fan bearing the Attavanti coat of arms.

When Tosca arrives, Scarpia shows it to her to arouse her jealousy. Tosca sets off quickly for Mario’s villa, where she thinks she will find him with the Marchesa Attavanti, and Scarpia orders the policeman to follow her. While, in the city, news is awaited on the outcome of the clash between the Austrian general Melas and Napoleon, at Marengo, the chief of police prepares to savour the victory of capturing two conspirators and enjoying Tosca’s favours.

Act II

Palazzo Farnese
Palazzo Farnese, in the opera the headquarters of Scarpia, currently houses the Embassy of France in Italy

On the upper floor of Palazzo Farnese, Scarpia is dining and he awaits news from his policeman, who arrives to report that he has found no traces of Angelotti, but he has arrested Cavaradossi for suspicious bahaviour. The interrogation begins, and Tosca hears the cries of her tortured lover coming from the adjoining room.

Mario will not speak, but Tosca, anguished by what she hears, reveals that Angelotti is hidden in the well of the villa.

A policeman is sent off immediately, and while Mario is cursing Tosca’s weakness, the news of Napoleon's definitive victory at Marengo arrives: a moment of rejoicing for Mario, who is dragged away.

Scarpia is now alone with Tosca to bargain over Mario’s life: he will have him set free on condition that she yield to his passion. Tosca at first refuses with contempt, but at Scarpia’s insistence that it is her only hope of saving her lover, and the news that Angelotti has killed himself when he was discovered, she accepts: Mario will be shot in a mock execution, and will then be able to escape with a safe-conducted which Scarpia prepares to sign.

Now Scarpia can have Tosca at last, but as he goes to embrace her she stabs him in the brest. She takes the safe-conduct which the dead man is still clutching, and leaves.

Act III

The platform of Castel Sant’Angelo, where Mario Cavaradossi is brought to await execution. The dawn is about to break and Mario writes his last lines to Tosca. She arrives and explains about the mock execution and the killing of Scarpia.

Tosca watches the execution from a casemate and when all the soldiers have left she goes over to him. She barely has time to realize that Mario is dead when shouting is heard: Scarpia’s corpse has been found. As a policemen rushes towards her she hurls herself from the battlement.

Castel Sant'Angelo
Castel Sant'Angelo, at the time used by the Papal State as a court and prison

 

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