Puccini's Tosca

Barrie Kosky (stage director), Lorenzo Viotti (conductor) — With Malin Byström (Tosca), Joshua Guerrero (Cavaradossi), Gevorg Hakobyan (Scarpia)...

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Barrie Kosky — Stage director

Rufus Didwiszus — Stage design

Klaus Bruns — Lighting designer

Malin Byström — Floria Tosca

Joshua Guerrero — Cavaradossi

Gevorg Hakobyan — Scarpia

Martijn Sanders — Cesare Angelotti

Federico de Michelis — Il Sagrestano

Lucas van Lierop — Spoletta

Maksym Nazarenko — Sciarrone

Alexander de Jong — Un Carceriere

Chorus of Dutch National Opera — Choir

Klaas-Jan de Groot — Chorus Master

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra — Orchestra

Lorenzo Viotti — Conductor

Program notes

Based on Victorien Sardou’s eponymous melodrama, Puccini’s Tosca has remained an operatic favorite since its premiere in Rome in 1900. It narrates the last 24 hours of Floria Tosca, a devout opera diva and lover of painter Cavaradossi, arrested for his revolutionary sympathies. To save him, Tosca agrees to sleep with the infamous Roman police chef Scarpia, but stabs him before the act. Yet despite everything, Cavaradossi is executed. Tosca, dejected, throws herself over the parapet of the Castel Sant'Angelo.

The most Wagnerian of Puccini’s operas, due to the extensive use of leitmotiv, Tosca exhibits magnificent musical innovation and exuberance, with an intense dramatic atmosphere that adapts to the multiple twists and turns in the plot. In this Dutch National Opera production by Barrie Kosky, the three formidable main characters are played by Malin Byström, Joshua Guerrero, and Gevorg Hakobyan, with young maestro Lorenzo Viotti conducting the timeless score.

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