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4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 January 2007
Giacomo Puccini
Melodrama in three acts
by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
based on the drama by Victorien Sardou

Conductor Pinchas Steinberg
Production Gilbert Deflo
Set and Costume Designer William Orlandi
Chorus Master Miguel Fabian Martinez
Set and Costume Assistant Designer Guia Buzzi
Lighting Designer Bruno Ciulli

Teatro Massimo Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Chorus

New Production


Tosca Raffaella Angeletti 4, 7, 10 January
Susan Neves 9, 11, 13 January
Tatiana Serjan 12, 14 January
Cavaradossi José Cura 4 January
Zvetan Michailov 7, 10, 12, 14 January
Andrew Richards 9, 11, 13 January
Il barone Scarpia Carlo Guelfi 4, 7, 10 January
Boris Trajanov 9, 11, 13 January
Silvano Carroli 12, 14 January
Cesare Angelotti Francesco Palmieri all evenings
Il sagrestano Marcello Lippi 4, 7, 12, 13, 14 January
Giovanni Bellavia 9, 10, 11 January
Spoletta Mario Bolognesi 4, 7, 9, 10, 11 January
Alessandro Cosentino 12, 13, 14 January
Sciarrone Manrico Signorini 4, 7, 9, 10, 11 January
Giovanni Bellavia 12, 13, 14 January
Un carceriere Daniele Bonomolo 4, 7, 9, 11 January
Cosimo Diano 10, 12, 13, 14 January


Thursday 4 January 2007 8.30 pm PREMIERE
Sunday 7 January 2007 5.30 pm D
Tuesday 9 January 2007 6.30 pm C
Wednesday 10 January 2007 6.30 pm B
Thursday 11 January 2007 6.30 pm S/2
Friday 12 January 2007 8.30 pm F
Saturday 13 January 2007 8.30 pm single tickets only
Sunday 14 January 2007 5.30 pm single tickets only

Approximate running time

First act - 40 minutes
Interval - 20 minutes
Second act - 40 minutes
Interval - 20 minutes
Third act - 30 minutes
Full approximate running time - 2 hours and 30 minutes


Cesare Angelotti, an escaped political prisoner, rushes into the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle to hide in the Attavanti chapel. An old Sacristan shuffles in, praying at the sound of the Angelus. Mario Cavaradossi enters to work on his portrait of Mary Magdalene – inspired by the Marchesa Attavanti (Angelotti’s sister). Angelotti ventures out and is recognized by his friend and fellow liberal Mario, who gives him food and hurries him back into the chapel as Tosca is heard calling outside. Forever suspicious, she jealously questions him, and reminds him of their rendezvous that evening at his villa. A cannon signals that the police have discovered the escape. The Sacristan returns to sing in a Te Deum. Baron Scarpia, chief of the secret police, comes in search of Angelotti. When Tosca comes back, Scarpia shows her a fan with the Attavanti crest, which he has just found. Scarpia, sending his men to follow her to Angelotti, schemes to get the diva in his power.

In the Farnese Palace, Scarpia does lunch. Spoletta arrives, not having found Angelotti, but he brings in Mario. Tosca enters just as her lover is being taken to an adjoining room: his arrogant silence is to be broken under torture. Unnerved by Scarpia’s questioning and the sound of Mario’s screams, she reveals Angelotti’s hiding place. Mario is carried in; realizing what has happened, he turns on Tosca, but the officer Sciarrone rushes in to announce that Napoleon has won the Battle of Marengo. Mario shouts his defiance of tyranny and is dragged to prison. Scarpia suggests that Tosca yield herself to him in exchange for her lover’s life. Spoletta interrupts: faced with capture, Angelotti has killed himself. Tosca, forced to give in or lose her lover, agrees to Scarpia’s proposition. The baron pretends to order a mock execution for the prisoner, after which he is to be freed; Spoletta leaves. No sooner has Scarpia written a safe-conduct for the lovers than Tosca snatches a knife from the table and kills him.

The voice of a shepherd boy is heard as church bells toll the dawn. Mario awaits execution at the Castel Sant’Angelo; he bribes the jailer to convey a farewell note to Tosca. Suddenly Tosca runs in, filled with the story of her recent adventures. As the firing squad appears, the diva coaches Mario on how to fake his death convincingly; the soldiers fire and depart. Tosca urges Mario to hurry, but when he fails to move, she discovers that Scarpia’s treachery has transcended the grave: the bullets were real. When Spoletta rushes in to arrest Tosca for Scarpia’s murder, she jumps from the ramparts of the castle and falls to her death.


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Photographs of the opera Tosca
Photographs of the opera Tosca
Photographs of the opera Tosca
Photographs of the opera Tosca
Photographs of the opera Tosca
Photographs of the opera Tosca

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