Puccini's Tosca

Philipp Himmelmann (stage director), Sir Simon Rattle (conductor) — With Kristine Opolais (Tosca), Marcelo Álvarez (Cavaradossi), Marco Vratogna (Scarpia)

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Philipp Himmelmann — Stage director

Raimund Bauer — Stage design

Kathi Maurer — Costumes

Reinhard Traub — Lighting

Martin Eidenberger — Video

Kristine Opolais — Floria Tosca

Marcelo Álvarez — Mario Cavaradossi

Alexander Tsymbalyuk — Cesare Angelotti

Marco Vratogna — Baron Scarpia

Philharmonia Chor Wien

Walter Zeh — Chorus Master

Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe

Anette Schneider — Chorus Master

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle — Conductor

Program notes

Puccini's masterpiece of tragic opera, Tosca, has never sounded better than it does here in the hands of the peerless Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle! The illustrious ensemble provides a note-perfect rendition of the timeless score while a five-star cast dazzles onstage—including Puccini specialist Kristine Opolais in the title role…

Tosca recounts the story of the singer Floria Tosca, whose lover, the painter Cavaradossi (a fabulous Marcelo Álvarez), is secretly hiding a prisoner wanted by the authorities, Cesare Angelotti (Alexander Tsymbalyuk). But Baron Scarpia, the chief of police (Marco Vratogna), plays on Tosca's jealous nature to trick her into leading him to Angelotti… The elegant staging by Philipp Himmelmann accentuates the drama of this complex tragedy, in which the flaws of our nature provide the fertile ground in which political intrigue can flourish.

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