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Tosca

from 10€ to 110€

Opera 2019-20

Giacomo Puccini

  • Opéra de Lyon
  • 2 hours 50 minutes
    whose1 intermission (s)
  • In Italian
  • Subtitled

An intimate staging by the filmmaker Christophe Honoré at the service of one of Puccini’s most popular operas. A history of jealousy and political violence, a jewel in the repertory for all great sopranos.

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Concerning

Synopsis
June 1800, in Rome. The painter Cavaradossi has been incarcerated by the cruel Scarpia for having helped the ex-consul, who is now on the run. Scarpia then asks the painter’s mistress, the singer Floria Tosca, to give herself up to him in exchange for his liberation. Pretending to abandon herself to Scarpia, she kills him and joins her lover, telling him to play dead in front of the firing squad. But Scarpia had foreseen everything...

An opera for great sopranos
Thanks to this play by Victorien Sardou, the young Puccini found in Tosca the means to "reinvent himself" after the bad experience of his second opera Edgar, which he even disowned. But the adaptation took no fewer than ten years, premiering only in 1900. This long work of pruning turned this classic of the operatic art into a brutal concentration of emotion, in which the characters’ psychology can be felt in the slightest musical motif. But Tosca is also an opera for great sopranos, from its first interpreter Maria Jeritza to La Callas, it is almost an obligatory rite of passage. And now, one of its flagship singers, Catherine Malfitano, is being brought back onto the stage by Christophe Honoré, a particularly original approach. In this mise en abîme of the opera, the brevity of artistic careers, and the cruelty of the passing of time, especially for opera singers, act as an overwhelming echo of Tosca’s cry of distress in the aria Vissi d'arte.

Opera in three acts, 1900
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, after the play by Victorien Sardou

New production
As a coproduction with the Festival International d'Art lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence

Cast

Costumes

Olivier Bériot

Vidéo

Baptiste Klein, Christophe Honoré

Floria Tosca, a celebrated singer

Elena Guseva

La Prima Donna

Catherine Malfitano

Baron Scarpia

Alexey Markov

Cesare Angelotti

Simon Shibambu

A Sacristan

Leonardo Galeazzi

Spoletta

Michael Smallwood

Sciarrone

Jean-Gabriel Saint-Martin

Orchestre, Chœurs et Maîtrise de l'Opéra de Lyon

Pourquoi on aime

Cette œuvre signature de Puccini est un concentré d'émotion.

Pourquoi on aime

Le cinéaste Christophe Honoré fait son retour à l'Opéra de Lyon, deux ans après sa mise en scène du Don Carlos de Verdi.

Pourquoi on aime

Une œuvre majeure et parfaite pour découvrir l’Opéra.

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