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
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 Koskie, the three formidable main characters are played by Malin Byström, Joshua Guerrero, and Gevorg Hakobyan, with young maestro Lorenzo Viotti conducting the timeless score.