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Video streamed event and on demand: Tosca

Watch online on liceuplus.comLiceu+LIVERecorded at Gran Teatre del Liceu: Auditorium, Barcelona, Spain
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Dates/times in your browser's time zone
Monday 16 January 202319:00
On demand from Thursday 26 January 2023 00:00
to Thursday 31 August 2023 23:59
Programme
Puccini, Giacomo (1858-1924)ToscaLibretto by Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa
Performers
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Henrik NánásiConductor
Rafael VillalobosDirector, Costume Designer
Emanuele SinisiSet Designer
Felipe RamosLighting Designer
Orquesta Sinfónica del Gran Teatre del Liceu
Coro del Gran Teatre del Liceu
Maria AgrestaSopranoFloria Tosca
Michael FabianoTenorMario Cavaradossi
Evgeny NikitinBass-baritoneBaron Scarpia
Felipe BouBaritoneCesare Angelotti
Moisés MarínTenorSpoletta
Manel Esteve MadridBaritoneSciarrone
Jonathan LemaluBassSacristan (Sagrestano)
Hugo BolívarCountertenorShepherd Boy (Pastore)
Milan PerišićBaritoneA jailer

“E avanti a lui tremava tutta Roma”: Floria Tosca, end of Act II (Tosca) (And before him, all Rome trembled.)

Floria and Mario are in love and determined to defend their free love affair. But the combined effects of Floria's jealousy and religious and political oppression bring all three protagonists to a tragic end. The drama, in which the music highlights the characters' psychological makeup, is underscored by the fear of God as a tool of political domination and social manipulation.

Tosca – here played by Sondra Radvanovsky, Maria Agresta and Monica Zanettin– has two sides to her character: sincere piety and sensuality. Michael Fabiano, Joseph Calleja and Antonio Corianò(as Mario Cavaradossi) and Evgeny Nikitin, Luca Salsi and George Gagnidze (as Scarpia) complete the star casts of this thriller of hatred and passion set in Rome under the Napoleonic occupation (June 1800), in which all the main characters perish.

First performed in Rome in 1900 (in 1902 at the Liceu), Tosca relates how a prima donna's suspicions determine her lover's fate. The ageless heroine Tosca is a turn-of-the century femme fatale but also the embodiment of the committed modern woman. She clashes with Scarpia, the ruthless, sadistic police chief who has one fatal weakness:  the diva herself. The demoniacal opening chords become the Leitmotiv of their violent exchanges in the second act.

This new version, first seen at La Monnaie, was coproduced by the Gran Teatre del Liceu in partnership with other opera houses.  In it the Spanish stage director Rafael R. Villalobos highlights the political, moral and social pressure that weighs on the public, drawing parallels with the oppression suffered by Pier Paolo Pasolini (murdered because he was considered an enemy of the government) and the personal torment of Caravaggio, as seen by Santiago Ydáñez.

This same pressure, exerted urbi et orbi by the Vatican, converts the characters into veritable puppets.  How can they maintain their faith intact when everything around them is tainted by corruption and despotism? How will Floria Tosca react when the borderline between perverted power and religious dogma becomes blurred? She ultimately leaps into the void, not just physically, but because she needs to escape and preserve her authenticity and freedom. Tosca is beauty face to face with horror and devastation.

In a moment of doubt and insecurity, Scarpia cries out: “Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!” (Tosca, you make me forget God!). Haven't we all sometimes forgotten who we were?

Coproduction: Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro de la Maestranza y Salas del Arenal and Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier.

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