A Tosca production RomeConcerts style, in which the audience surrounds the stage!
Take part to an absolutely unique experience: the stage is located in the middle of the rows of seats and the audience feel like being part of the action. Like watching a 3D movie you will see the singers surround you while singing and acting.
Small venue, limited audiences, the audience close to the artists and top level performances!
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!
You will listen to “E lucevan le stelle” and “Vissi d’arte” having the performers at a feet distance.
And you will be guided in your experience of Tosca with a summary of the story and anecdotes about opera in English.
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: the latter located just a few dozen meters from the RomeConcerts hall.
a celebrated singer:
Chief of Police:
|Cesare Angelotti:||Andrea Cionci|
at the piano:
Giovanni Velluti / Diego Moccia
|Directed by:||Luigi Zacco Giovanelli|
|Costumes:||MCCT & RomeConcerts|
RomeConcerts brings the Opera in Rome,
in the full Heart of the City.
The show 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.
I’ll never forget... I’ve seen Tosca in a space in front of Castel Sant’Angelo. A masterpiece seated near the artists. The tenor Alessandro Fantini, has an unbelievable wonderful voice, the soprano, Monica Cucca has interpreted in a marvellous way.
I accidentally discovered this Tosca, which left me really satisfied, even though I didn't have high expectations. The opera, my favorite, is represented almost entirely, in an essential but suggestive way, in a small church opposite Castel Sant'Angelo. The acoustics are good and the main interpreters are exceptional. The interpretation of "E lucevan le stelle" by the tenor was particularly moving.
The main performers have all entered the character perfectly, creating an engaging and full of energy atmosphere. Excellent musical level, voices with a beautiful Puccini tone and a noteworthy singing technique. A special mention must be made for the splendid soprano, who knew how to classify all the fragility and, at the same time, Tosca's courage. Not to be missed.
Last night, As I stepped into the Methodist Church in Piazza di Ponte Sant'Angelo for this performance of Tosca, I honestly had no too big expectations. At the end I can say I was wrong, since the show was really amazing. In one hour and a half you can enjoy an important selection of the most famous and representative scenes and arias from the Opera without the feeling to have missed something. Despite the poor scenography and the limited space, the opera has been well staged and very well sung. I enjoyed above all the lady interpreting the title role for his voice and his acting. Last but not list, after the closing of the opera, I mean after Tosca trowed yourself out of Castel Sant'Angelo, it was very suggestive coming out from the church and finding yourself in front of the real Castel Sant'Angelo. Priceless, definitely a must if you are in Rome!
27 May at 8:00 PM
14 October at 7:30 PM
21 December at 7:30 PM
The show Tosca includes un option of dinner or light dinner at the Zagara Restaurant, a two-minute walk from our hall.
The doors open half an hour before the start of the show.
The show lasts about 90 minutes and is 3 acts, with 2 short intervals.
No dresscode requested.
The hall is fully accessible for wheelchairs.
Piazza di Ponte Sant'Angelo 68,
A few meters from Sant'Angelo Castel and the St. Peter's Basilica.
Piazza di Ponte Sant'Angelo 68,
On the day of the show, from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
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.
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.
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.
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.