National Theatre

Tosca.

An engrossing melodrama about love and hate, passion and death, against the backdrop of political intrigues and the struggle for freedom and independence.

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All events

Sunday

1/24/2021


3:00 PM


Státní opera

Praha 1


390 - 990 CZK

Sunday

1/31/2021


3:00 PM


Státní opera

Praha 1


390 - 990 CZK

Saturday

2/6/2021


6:00 PM


Státní opera

Praha 1


490 - 1390 CZK

Thursday

2/11/2021


7:00 PM


Státní opera

Praha 1


490 - 1390 CZK

Description

ABOUT PERFORMANCE

The opera-thriller about the diva Tosca, her lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and the malicious police chief Baron Scarpia, set in 1800 in Italy during the time of Napoleon’s war against Austria. 

In 1889, Puccini saw in Florence a performance of La Tosca, an acclaimed play by the French author Victorien Sardou, an engrossing melodrama about love and hate, passion and death, against the backdrop of political intrigues and the struggle for freedom and independence, written for the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt, who, according to the period testimonies, dazzled in the lead role. Even though the critics castigated Sardou’s play for containing excessive violence, the audience loved it, and Puccini was no exception. The premiere of the opera, on 14 January 1900 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, was a resounding success. Although some scorned it, including Gustav Mahler, who refused to conduct it, referring to the work as a “Meistermachwerk” (sham masterpiece), and Richard Strauss, who dismissed it in even harsher terms, the opera was admired by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schönberg. Today, the opera-thriller about the diva Tosca, her lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and the malicious police chief Baron Scarpia, set in 1800 in Italy during the time of Napoleon’s war against Austria, is one of the most popular operas worldwide. 

The renowned French director Arnaud Bernard has been invited to stage the new production of Tosca.

CAST AND CREATIVE 

Cast: Anda-Louise Bogza (Tosca), Peter Berger (Mario Cavaradossi), Jiří Sulženko (Scarpia) and others.

State Opera Orchestr
State Opera Chorus
Kühn's children choir

Length 180 minutes
1x break
Music
Giacomo Puccini
Libretto
Luigi Illica
Stage director
Arnaud Bernard
Conductor
David Švec