Thursday 01 December 2022
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles Opera: Tosca
Tosca is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on 14 January 1900. The work, based on Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language dramatic play, La Tosca, is about the love triangle between the painter Mario Cavaradossi, his lover Floria Tosca, and the Roman police chief Baron Scarpia, who lusts after Tosca and orders her lover’s execution in a perverse attempt to possess her.
Puccini saw Sardou’s play when it was first performed in Paris in 1887, and he began to compose Tosca in 1889. In 1898, the composer approached Sardou about using the play as the basis for an opera, which was initially met with Sardou’s reluctance. However, by 1899, Sardou had given his approval and work on the opera began in earnest.
Tosca was one of the most successful of all of Puccini’s operas, both commercially and artistically. It is regularly performed around the world and has been recorded many times.
The opera’s first performance in Los
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