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HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE

28, 30 March & 1, 4, 6, 8 April

Puccini paints in primary colours in Tosca. Three themes of defiance, sacrifice and betrayal drive the plot. Each of the three leading characters is confronted with the choice either to honor or to betray. And each makes their choice, facing the consequences unflinchingly.
A traditional production from New Zealand Opera directed by Stuart Maunder comes to His Majesty’s Theatre, complete with gorgeous grand set design by Jan Ubels, beautiful costumes by Elizabeth Whiting and captivating lighting by Jason Morphett.

A New Zealand Opera Production
Sung in Italian with English surtitles

SYNOPSIS

ACT ONE:
Rome is ruled by fear. Scarpia, head of the secret police, is persecuting republicans. One of these republicans, Angelotti, escapes from prison into a church, where he meets his comrade Cavaradossi. Cavaradossi hides him in the church. Scarpia arrives, hunting Angelotti, but finds the singer Tosca there. She is Cavaradossi’s lover. Scarpia tricks Tosca into going to Cavaradossi’s house and has his henchmen follow her.

ACT TWO:
In the Farnese Palace, Scarpia hears that his men cannot find Angelotti, but have arrested Cavaradossi. Scarpia tortures Cavaradossi for information, without success. Scarpia shows Tosca her tortured lover, and Tosca reveals Angelotti’s location to Scarpia.
Scarpia condemns Cavaradossi to death. Tosca begs Scarpia to save his life. In exchange Scarpia demands that Tosca give herself to him. As Scarpia goes toward Tosca, she stabs him.

ACT THREE:
Tosca runs to Cavaradossi who is in the prison of Sant’Angelo. The firing squad is instructed to shoot Cavaradossi. When Scarpia’s men try to arrest Tosca for Scarpia’s murder she kills herself.

DURATION

2 hours and 20 minutes including one interval

CHARITY PARTNER 

Part proceeds from ticket sales will support Telethon 7, West Australian Opera’s official charity partner

COMPOSER
Giacomo Puccini

LIBRETTO
Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

CONDUCTOR
Brad Cohen

DIRECTOR
Stuart Maunder 

SET DESIGNER
Jan Ubels

COSTUME DESIGNER
Elizabeth Whiting

LIGHTING DESIGNER
Jason Morphett

FLORIA TOSCA
Antoinette Halloran

MARIO CAVARADOSSI
Paul O’Neill

BARON SCARPIA
Teddy Tahu Rhodes

CESARE ANGELOTTI
Wade Kernot

SACRISTAN/JAILER
Andrew Foote

SPOLETTA
Matthew Lester

SCIARRONE
Paull-Anthony Keightley

West Australian Opera Chorus
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

INTRODUCTION TO OPERA TALKS FOR SUBSCRIBERS
6pm -7.15pm Wednesday 15 March 2017
Complimentary benefit for subscribers
Bookings required administration@waopera.asn.au or 9278 8999

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WESFARMERS ARTS PRE-PERFORMANCE TALKS
7pm Exhibition Area
Dress Circle, His Majesty’s Theatre

PARKING
The nearest City of Perth Car Park is the His Majesty’s Theatre Car Park (entry via Murray Street)

PRE-SHOW DINING
To make the most of your night at the opera we recommend a relaxing start to your evening with quality food and excellent service.

Barre Cafe
Situated on the ground floor of His Majesty’s Theatre
To make a reservation please call 08 9231 9941

The big hit: ‘Vissi d’arte’, a gorgeous soprano showpiece reflecting on a life lived for art. For West Australian Opera, Antoinette Halloran will sing the title role.
Listen to it HERE

The setting: Originally set against the background of the 1800s Napoleonic Wars, this production is set in Rome during Cold War (late 1940’s), an equally fraught period in Italy’s political history. A time when the mafia seized the opportunity and became an ally to the ruling political party. A time of terror, suspicion and unparalleled corruption

The main characters:
Tosca
– A singer ( soprano Antoinette Halloran)
Cavaradossi
– A painter and Tosca’s lover (tenor Paul O’Neill)
Scarpia – Chief of police and villain (bass baritone Teddy Tahu  Rhodes)

What is the story about?
TOSCA is fundamentally about the age old tale of  two men/one woman triangle.

In a beautiful church, the painter Cavaradossi is working. An escaped prisoner bursts in, Angelotti, and Cavaradossi risks his own life to help him hide from the corrupt police/mafia. Scarpia arrives, hunting Angelotti, but finds the singer Tosca there. She is Cavaradossi’s lover. Scarpia tricks Tosca into going to Cavaradossi’s house and has his henchmen follow her.

In the Farnese Palace, Scarpia hears that his men cannot find Angelotti, but have arrested Cavaradossi. Scarpia tortures Cavaradossi for information, without success. Scarpia shows Tosca her tortured lover, and Tosca reveals Angelotti’s location to Scarpia. Scarpia condemns Cavaradossi to death. Tosca begs Scarpia to save his life. In exchange Scarpia demands that Tosca give herself to him. As Scarpia goes toward Tosca, she stabs him.
Tosca runs to Cavaradossi who is in the prison of Sant’Angelo. The firing squad is instructed to shoot Cavaradossi. When Scarpia’s men try to arrest Tosca for Scarpia’s murder she kills herself.

 

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