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Puccini Tosca

From 30 March TO 02 April 2023
Staatsoper - Hamburg
Program

Puccini : Tosca 125 mn

Cast
  • Conductor
    Stefano Ranzani
  • Director
    Robert Carsen
  • Performers
    Floria Tosca: Natalya Romaniw
    Mario Cavaradossi: Freddie De Tommaso
    Il Barone Scarpia: Erwin Schrott
    Il Sagrestano: David Minseok Kang
    Spoletta: Peter Galliard
    Cesare Angelotti: Blake Denson
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Staatsoper - Hamburg Location Grosse Theaterstrasse 25 - 20354 Hamburg Allemagne

During their frequent journeys to Venice, the merchants of Hamburg had many a chance to note the success of Europe's first public opera, opened in 1637. In 1678, some of these rich bourgeois thus founded, on the Geese Market, a permanent opera. It was the first in Germany, a fact of which the Hamburgers were very proud. Driven by a strong sense of nationalism that preferred to blatently ignore French and Italian opera, as well as a shrewd business acumen, Hamburg's Opern-Theatrum specialized in defending the German lyrical repertoire, ins-pite of the clergy's prostests and heated debates that reached as far as the University of Iena. In 1738, the hall went bankrupt, ruined by the public's renewed interest in Italian opera. A new building was constructed in 1765, billing both theatre and lyrical works.

 

It was not before 1827 that the location of the actual Staatsoper became that of an opera house. At first, the German Weber, the Italian Rossini, and the Frenchman Auber shared the billing, before Wagner and Verdi (performed here as of 1845, for the first time in Germany) became the house's undisputed stars. Gustav Mahler was appointed at the Opera's head in 1891. Under his direction, the opera freshened up its rather conventional programming (and became equipped with electricity). Mahler hired the young Bruno Walter as coach, before another of his proteges, Otto Klemperer, took over the musical direction of the institution in 1910.

 

Greatly affected by the financial crisis that followed the First World War, and partially destroyed during the Second, the Opera opened in 1946 with difficulty, performing in front of 600 spectators seated around what remained of the stage. But the company, that included names such as Hans Hotter, Martha Modi, Hermann Prey, Elisabeth Grümmer, and Astrid Varnay, rapidely acquired an international reputation.

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Synopsis

Tosca

TOSCA, A UNIVERSALLY ADORED OPERA
This popular opera by Giacomo Puccini was premiered at Rome's famous Teatro Costanzi in 1900.
In three acts and sung to a libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa an Luigi Illica, the opera is about lovers who are threatened by and evil police chief at the time of Napoleon's invasion of Italy in 1800.
With all the ingredients of an epic drama including murder, torture and suicide, this exceptional opera has inspired some amazing performances by many top stars.
Based on a play written in 1887 by French writer Victorien Sardou, it took Puccini over four years to make the long, meandering play into a concise three act opera.

THE HISTORY
A tale based on the love affair of and acclaimed singer, Floria Tosca and Mario Cavaradossi in times of political unrest in Rome. The evil Baron Scarpia wants Floria for himself and tricks her into giving him information that leads to her lovers arrest. Promising that she and Cavaradossi will escape, he tricks Floria into letting her lover stand in front of a firing squad by saying that the bullets will be blank. After he trys to seduce her, Floria stabs the Baron and rushes to the prison. He has tricked her and Cavaradossi is shot. Seeing no alternative, Floria commits suicide.

Act 1
Trying to escape, one time Roman Consul-General, Cesare Angelotti tells his friend Cavaradossi that he is wanted by evil police chief, Baron Scarpia. Cavaradossi hides him down a well in his garden and Floria, his lover overhears. He confides in her. The act ends with a canon signalling that Angelotti's escape has been discovered.

Act 2
Baron Scarpia sends a note to Floria asking her to come to his apartment at supper time. A rival for her affection, he is determined to win Floria away from Cavaradossi. He tries to interrogate her about Angelotti's hiding place and has Cavaradossi tortured within her hearing to persuade her to give up the information. She tells him where Angelotti is hidden as she can stand her lover's pain no longer. Cavaradossi is furious with Floria for betraying him and his friend, and he is taken away to prison. She manages to get the Baron to promise that he will allow her and Cavaradossi to escape from the city if she surrenders to his advances, and he agrees on condition that Cavaradossi is subjected to a mock execution.
The Baron arranges this with one of his men, Spoletta and gives Floria a letter to ensure the safe escape of her and her lover. News comes that Angelotti has killed himself. The Baron tries to force himself on Floria and she stabs him.

Act 3
Floria rushes to the prison to tell Cavaradossi that he will need to go in front of a firing squad but that the guns will contain blank bullets. However, the Baron has tricked her and the bullets are real. When Cavaradossi has been shot Floria commits suicide.

THE MAIN ROLES
Floria Tosca - an opera singer - Soprano
Mario Cavaradossi - a painter and political activist - Tenor
Baron Scarpia - chief of police - Baritone
Cesare Angelotti - a political prisoner who has escaped -Bass

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