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22 June 2017 (Thu), 19:00 Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre (established 1833) - Stars of the Stars  Opera Floria Toska (Opera in 3 acts) Giacomo Puccini

Running time: 2 hours 50 minutes (till 21:50)

The performance has 2 intermissions

Schedule for Floria Toska (Opera in 3 acts) Giacomo Puccini 2017/2018

Conductor: Mikhail Tatarnikov
Tenor: Dmitry Golovnin
Baritone: Alexander Kuznetsov
Soprano: Marina Tregubovich

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Set Designer: Vyacheslav Okunev
Production: Stanislav Gaudassinsky
Artistic Director: Vladimir Stolpovskikh
Lighting Designer: Mikhail Mekler
Costume Designer: Alla Marusina
Chorus Master: Alexey Dmitriyev
Chorus Master: Sergey Tsyplenkov

Orchestra: Mikhailovsky Symphony Orchestra
Opera company: Mikhailovsky Opera

Opera in 3 acts

Performed in Italian the performance will have Russian supertitles

World premiere: 14 January 1900, Teatro Costanzi, Rome, Italy
Premiere in Russia: 1900 Odessa Opera House, the Italian Private Company
Premiere of this production: 28 February 1999, Mikhailovsky theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Victorien Sardouís drama La Tosca was created for the great actress Sarah Bernhardt. Puccini saw Sardouís play when it was touring Italy in 1889 and, after some vacillation, obtained the rights to turn the work into an opera six years later. Turning the wordy French play into a succinct Italian opera took four years, during which the composer repeatedly argued with his librettists and publisher. The work is a melodramatic piece set in Rome in June 1800, with the Kingdom of Naplesís control of Rome threatened by Napoleonís invasion of Italy. It contains depictions of torture, murder and suicide, yet also includes some of Pucciniís best-known lyrical arias, and has inspired memorable performances from many of operaís leading singers. The dramatic force of Tosca and its characters continues to fascinate both performers and audiences, and the work remains one of the most frequently performed operas.

At the Mikhailovsky Theatre one can hear the best soloists of the house.



Synopsis

Act one

The Church of SantíAndrea in Rome. Cesare Angelotti, former Consul of the Republic of Rome and now a political prisoner who has escaped from prison, is seeking shelter here. He hides in the chapel of his sister, the Marchesa Attavani. Artist Mario Cavaradossi is working on an image of Mary Magdalene. The sacristan is shocked that the painting resembles the Marchesa Attavani. After the sacristan leaves Angelotti appears from the chapel and begs the artist for help. On appearance of the famous singer Floria Tosca, the artistís lover, he hides again. The singer also notices the painting of Mary Magdalene resembles the Marchesa Attavani. Tosca is jealous but the artist manages to pacify her. Floria leaves the church. Gunshots are heard Ė the escape of the political prisoner has been discovered. Cavaradossi offers the fugitive refuge in his villa. The men hurry away.

The sacristan returns surrounded by a laughing crowd of choir boys. They falsely believe that Napoleon has been defeated and are there to sing thankful hymns. Floria Tosca is to perform in the celebration too.

Scarpia, chief of Roman police, arrives with Spoletta and Sciarrone in search of the escaped prisoner. They expect to discover Angelotti in the Attavani chapel but find only an empty food basket and the fan of the Marchesa.

Seeing Tosca return to the church, Scarpia decides to seize his opportunity. Scarpia arouses Toscaís jealousy by mentioning the the painting by Cavaradossi and producing Marchesa Attavantiís fan, and she departs in anger. He orders his agent to follow her, hoping that Tosca will lead them to the artistís secret hiding place.

A celebratory mass begins.

Act two

Scarpiaís room at Palazzo Farnese. He sends a servant to give a note to Tosca to invite her to come to his place when she finishes with her recital. His expectations are only half fulfilled: Tosca did lead them to Cavaradossi who has now been arrested but Angelotti has escaped. Scarpia closely questions the painter, but Cavaradossi reveals nothing. Tosca arrives and the painter whispers to her not to say anything about Angelotti. Scarpia sends Cavaradossi off to be tortured. Tosca canít stand his sufferings; she loses her self-control and reveals the secret hiding place in the garden. Cavaradossi is brought in. He hears the chief of police and understands that the secret has been revealed. The painter is desperate. Sciarrone enters to announce that earlier reports were mistaken: Bonaparte has defeated the royalist forces at the battle of Marengo.

The painter is to be executed the next morning. Tosca begs Scarpia to spare Cavaradossi. Scarpia avows his passion for Tosca and demands her as the price of Cavaradossiís life. Feeling as if she has no alternative, Tosca finally agrees to yield. Scarpia orders Spoletta to organize for a mock execution of Cavaradossi, while Tosca demands a safe-conduct for herself and the painter to leave the country. As Scarpia advances to embrace her, she plunges the knife into him. Scarpia is dead. Tosca leaves the palace.

Act three

Top floor of Castel SantíAngelo where Cavaradossi is to be executed. Tosca rushes in and explains it is to be a mock execution. Soldiers appear. They fire and the artist falls to the ground. Floria calls his name in vain: the execution was real. Spoletta, who has discovered Scarpiaís death, enters with soldiers, denouncing her as a murderer. Tosca throws herself from the parapet.






Schedule for Floria Toska (Opera in 3 acts) Giacomo Puccini 2017/2018


Giacomo Puccini "Tosca"
 
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