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Tosca

Music Giacomo Puccini Text Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica
→ Melodramma in drei Akten

02. December 2022
Friday
19.00 - 21.45
2 intermissions
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05. December 2022
Monday
19.00 - 21.45
2 intermissions
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25. March 2023
Saturday
2 intermissions
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28. March 2023
Tuesday
2 intermissions
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31. March 2023
Friday
2 intermissions
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12. May 2023
Friday
2 intermissions
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14. May 2023
Sunday
2 intermissions
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18. May 2023
Thursday
2 intermissions
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Cast 02.12.2022

Musical Direction Giacomo Sagripanti
Production Margarethe Wallmann
Scenery and Costume Design Nicola Benois
Floria Tosca Camilla Nylund
Mario Cavaradossi Stefano La Colla
Baron Scarpia Erwin Schrott
Cesare Angelotti Attila Mokus
Mesner Wolfgang Bankl
Spoletta Andrea Giovannini
Sciarrone Marcus Pelz
Schließer Ilja Kazakov

Details

The appeal of Margarethe Wallmann's »Tosca« production has stood the test of time since 1958. The staging has also garnered interest on account of its symbolic allure with the impressive number of renowned artistic personalities who have appeared before the Viennese audience in this very production with these very decorations and in these very costumes in memorable performances. The gallery of outstanding performers will now be continued in all three performance series of this season, including with Viennese role debuts of international audience favourites.

PLOT

Act 1

Rome in 1800. Angelotti, consul of the former Roman Republic, has escaped the Castel Sant’Angelo where he was imprisoned. In the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle, he meets the painter Mario Cavaradossi, a sympathizer for the republic, who promises him help. In addition, his sister the Marchesa Attavanti, has deposited women's clothes for him in their family chapel for a disguise. Floria Tosca, a famous singer and jealous lover of Cavaradossi, arrives to meet the painter for a night of love in her villa. She discovers that the painting on which Cavaradossi is working, bears a resemblance to Attavanti. Only after the painter has been able to appease her jealousy and she has left the church can Cavaradossi and Angelotti plan the former consul’s escape: he should hide at Cavaradossi’s estate. A cannon shot reveals that his escape from Castel Sant’Angelo has been discovered, and Cavaradossi accompanies Angelotti to the hiding place. In the church, the supposed victory over Napoleon at Marengo (and with it a setback for the republican aspirations) is greatly celebrated. The brutal police chief Baron Scarpia, who hopes to discover evidence of Angelotti’s escape in the church, interrupts the celebration. By means of a fan belonging to the Marchesa Attavanti, he manages to stir up jealousy in the returning Tosca, who then rushes after Cavaradossi to confront him with his infidelity. Scarpia’s henchmen follow her. In a diabolical monologue, Scarpia ponders his desire and lust to own Tosca for himself and to see Cavaradossi dead.

Act 2

The victory over Napoleon is also celebrated in the Palazzo Farnese with a performance including Tosca. Meanwhile, Scarpia has Cavaradossi tortured to find out Angelotti’s hiding place. When Tosca hears his screams of pain, she reveals the secret in order to protect her lover. The news then arrives that Napoleon has triumphed at Marengo. The end of tyranny is at hand. Before that, however, Cavaradossi is to be executed. In order to save him, Scarpia demands Tosca’s sexual submission to him. She agrees, receiving the promise of a mock execution and safe travel permits – she then murders Scarpia.

Act 3

On the roof of Castel Sant’Angelo where his execution is to take place, Cavaradossi loses himself in memories of Tosca. She appears and reports on his rescue, and the impending fake shooting. However, Scarpia has betrayed her and Cavaradossi is indeed shot by the soldiers. Life has become meaningless for Tosca. When Scarpia’s henchmen approach, she throws herself off of Castel Sant’Angelo.