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Tosca from Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège

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Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by L. Illica and G. Giacosa

Opera in 3 acts
Sung in Italian

Opéra Royal de Wallonie – Liège
Recorded in January 2015

Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after the work with the same title by Victorien Sardou
Running Time: 124 min
Act I: 47 min | Act II: 43 min | Act III: 34 min

Conductor Paolo Arrivabeni
Director Claire Servais
Sets Carlo Centolavigna
Costumes Michel Fresnay
Lighting Olivier Wery
Chorus Master Marcel Seminara

Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie

Floria Tosca: Barbara Haveman
Maro Cavaradossi: Marc Laho
Scarpia: Ruggero Raimondi
Cesare Angelotti: Roger Joakim
Spoletta: Giovanni Iovino
Sciarrone: Marc Tissons
Sacristan: Laurent Kubla
Jailer Pierre Gathier

Puccini’s fifth opera, Tosca marks an important transition in Puccini’s work. His previous opera, La Bohème, considered by many to be his first masterpiece, is at the same time, the last of Puccini’s work portray the struggles and dreams of society’s lower classes.

With Tosca, Puccini returns to the purest tragedy, focusing on the violent and tragic downfall of three historic figures. Tosca is a highly focused opera, concentrated around the complex and fully developed psychologies of its three main characters. Inspired by the riveting performance of Sarah Bernhardt in the play by Victorien Sardou, Puccini artfully crafted the jealousy, turmoil and despair of the entrancing Floria Tosca. After a period of tormented and stormy writing with his librettists, Puccini finalized his composition just days before the opera’s premiere on January 14, 1900 at Teatro Constanzi in Rome.

Paolo Arrivabeni, musical director of the Royal Opera of Wallonie-Liège conducts this new production directed by Claire Servais.

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