Puccini's Tosca

Claire Servais (stage director), Paolo Arrivabeni (conductor) – With Barbara Haveman (Tosca), Marc Laho (Cavaradossi)...

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Claire Servais — Stage director

Michel Fresnay — Costumes

Carlo Centolavigna — Set designer

Olivier Wery — Lighting

Barbara Haveman — Floria Tosca

Marc Laho — Mario Cavaradossi

Ruggero Raimondi — Il Barone Scarpia

Roger Joakim — Cesare Angelotti

Laurent Kubla — Il Sagrestano

Giovanni Iovino — Spoletta

Marc Tissons — Sciarrone

Pierre Gathier — Un Carciere

Chorus of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

Orchestra of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

Paolo Arrivabeni — Conductor

Program notes

Desire, power, and passion take center stage in the Opéra Royal de Wallonie’s 2014 production of Puccini’s incomparable masterpiece Tosca. The brilliant three-act melodrama was staged by Claire Servais and featured Paolo Arrivabeni as music director. Dutch soprano Barbara Haveman is the desperate Tosca to acclaimed Italian bass-baritone Ruggero Raimondi’s evil Scarpia.

Set in Rome in the year 1800, this startlingly realistic tale of love and politics unfolds around the figure of Scarpia, the city’s terrifying chief of police. Infused with an addictive mixture of action and passion, Puccini’s opera of unbounded lyricism and luscious orchestration sets the text of a libretto judged by its time to be “vulgar and melodramatic”.

Photo: © Opéra Royal de Wallonie

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