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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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Friday

5/31/2024


7:00 PM


Státní opera

Praha


490 - 1490 CZK

Sunday

6/9/2024


7:00 PM


Státní opera

Praha


490 - 1490 CZK

Friday

8/23/2024


7:00 PM


Státní opera

Praha


290 - 1490 CZK

Wednesday

8/28/2024


7:00 PM


Státní opera

Praha


290 - 1490 CZK

Saturday

8/31/2024


6:00 PM


Státní opera

Praha


290 - 1490 CZK

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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 

Ghiulnara Raileanu / Petra Alvarez Šimková (Tosca), Matteo Lippi / Michajlo Malafij / Luciano Ganci (Mario Cavaradossi), Krzysztof Szumanski / Claudio Sgura / Daniel Čapkovič (Scarpia) and others.

State Opera Orchestr
State Opera Chorus
National Theatre Opera Ballet
Kühn's children choir

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

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