Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettists: Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica, after the play by Victorien Sardou
Tosca Kristine Opolais
Baron Scarpia Sir Bryn Terfel
Conductor Gareth Jones
Orchestra Welsh National Opera
Director Amy Lane
“I lived for art, I lived for love” – Puccini
Witness Puccini’s dramatic story of love, lust, murder and political intrigue. With its dramatic story line and Puccini’s richly romantic score, it is one of the world’s best loved operas. The work, based on Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language dramatic play, La Tosca, is a melodramatic piece set in Rome in June 1800, with the Kingdom of Naples’s control of Rome threatened by Napoleon’s invasion of Italy. Floria Tosca is the talk of the town, but she only has eyes for one man, Mario Cavaradossi. As his behaviour becomes suspicious, she fears he has another woman. But the truth is far more dangerous. Police Chief Scarpia is obsessed by Tosca, and plans to kill her lover and take her for himself. As Scarpia’s schemes unfold, Tosca and Cavaradossi are drawn into a trap from which there is no escape.
Directed by Amy Lane, bass-baritone Bryn Terfel returns to the Eisteddfod stage alongside some of the world’s leading singers and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra in this one-off concert performance, with further international artists to be announced shortly.
Running time approximately two hours 15 minutes
Tuesday 4 July 2017 – 7.30pm
Tickets: £55 / £35