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Tosca - The MET Live in HD
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Tosca - The MET Live in HD

Giacomo Puccini, Live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera

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Emmanuel Villaume conducts a new production of Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist, which has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination. Tosca’s popularity is further secured by a superb and exhilarating dramatic sweep, a driving score of abundant melody and theatrical shrewdness, and a career-defining title role.

No opera is more tied to its setting than Tosca, which takes place in Rome on the morning of June 17, 1800, through dawn the following day. While the libretto takes some liberties with the facts, historical issues form a basis for the opera: the people of Rome are awaiting news of the Battle of Marengo in northern Italy, which will decide the fate of their symbolically powerful city.

This production features an exciting cast led by soprano Sonya Yoncheva in the title role of the fiery diva and Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Cavaradossi. Villaume conducts. 

Creators
Tosca Sonya Yoncheva
Cavaradossi Vitorio Grigolo
Scarpia Željko Lučić
Sacristan Patrick Carfizzi
Conductor Emmanuel Villaume
Production Sir David McVicar
Set and Costume Designer John Macfarlane
Lighting Designer David Finn
Choreographer Leah Hausman

Reviews

Sonya Yoncheva as Tosca and Vittorio Grigolo as Cavaradossi, both singing these roles for the first time, came across as youthful, ardent and innocent, ready to throw themselves on the fire for their love and their beliefs”  The Wall Street Journal

Grigolo may have found his signature role with Cavaradossi. The vocal lines bring out the most vivid colors in his voice, and his emotive manner was exactly what's neededWQXR

Live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera, with Greek and English subtitles.

Media Sponsor: Politis
With the support of ANT1

Running time 183’
Tickets: €18-14

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