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
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.
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.
Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Teddy Tahu Rhodes
West Australian Opera Chorus
West Australian Symphony Orchestra
2 hours and 20 minutes including one interval