Puccini's Tosca

A cinematic adaptation: Benoît Jacquot (director), Antonio Pappano (conductor) — With Angela Gheorghiu (Floria Tosca), Roberto Alagna (Mario Cavaradossi), Ruggero Raimondi (Baron Scarpia) ...

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Benoît Jacquot — Stage director

Sylvain Chauvelot — Set designer

Christian Gasc — Costume designer

Angela Gheorghiu — Floria Tosca

Roberto Alagna — Mario Cavaradossi

Ruggero Raimondi — Baron Scarpia

Maurizio Muraro — Cesare Angelotti

Enrico Fissore — The sacristan

David Cangelosi — Spoletta

Sorin Coliban — Sciarrone

Gwynne Howell — A jailer

James Savage-Hanford — A shepherd

Tiffin Boys' Choir

Simon Toyne — Chorus Master

Royal Opera Chorus

Program notes

A masterpiece synonymous with Italian operatic greatness, Puccini’s Tosca shines brightly in a 2001 cinematic adaptation by French film director Benoît Jacquot! The bold idea leads to thrilling results, as Jacquot’s thoughtful and dramatic style allows his actors’ talents to fill every frame with the passion and emotion that have made Tosca such an enduring favorite among operagoers.

Puccini’s deliciously melodramatic tale of love, desire, betrayal, and revenge comes to life in this silver screen-worthy production with lush set design, gorgeous costumes, and tour de force performances by Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna—opera’s real-life “it” couple at the time—as Tosca and Cavaradossi, plus Ruggero Raimondi as Scarpia.

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