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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.

COMPOSER
Giacomo Puccini

LIBRETTO
Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

CONDUCTOR
Brad Cohen

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

2 hours and 20 minutes including one interval

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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7pm Exhibition Area
Dress Circle, His Majesty’s Theatre

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