Oper

Giacomo Puccini

Tosca

Melodramma in drei Akten

Text Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica

Tuesday 23. April 2024 19:30 – 22:15 2 Breaks Main Stage
Area 1 232,00 €
Area 1

232,00 €

Area 2 190,00 €
Area 2

190,00 €

Area 3 153,00 €
Area 3

153,00 €

Area 4 108,00 €
Area 4

108,00 €

Area 5 86,00 €
Area 5

86,00 €

Area 6 62,00 €
Area 6

62,00 €

Area 7 39,00 €
Area 7

39,00 €

Area 8 29,00 €
Area 8

29,00 €

Area 9 16,00 €
Area 9

16,00 €

Standing room
Standing room

Einsteiger

Ticket information

Some works enjoy worldwide popularity. The decisive factor for this special status is a captivating, dramaturgically masterfully constructed plot, which is permeated, complemented and elevated by ingenious music brimming with catchy melodies and thus always reaches everyone in the audience in equal measure. It is therefore no coincidence that these pieces are also ideal for all those who are just beginning their journey through the infinite cosmos of opera.

15. November 2023: THE MAGIC FLUTE
05. December 2023: LA BOHEME
23. April 2024: TOSCA


Cast at
23. April 2024

Mario Cavaradossi

Riccardo Massì

Baron Scarpia

Amartuvshin Enkhbat

Cesare Angelotti

Evgeny Solodovnikov

Spoletta

Ted Black

Sciarrone

Marcus Pelz

Ein Schließer

Stephano Park

Musikalische Leitung

Yoel Gamzou

Inszenierung

Margarethe Wallmann

Bühne und Kostüme

Nicola Benois

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Tosca

Cast at Friday 26. April 2024

Mario Cavaradossi

Riccardo Massì

Baron Scarpia

Amartuvshin Enkhbat

Cesare Angelotti

Evgeny Solodovnikov

Spoletta

Ted Black

Sciarrone

Marcus Pelz

Ein Schließer

Stephano Park

Musikalische Leitung

Yoel Gamzou

Inszenierung

Margarethe Wallmann

Bühne und Kostüme

Nicola Benois
Area 1 242,00 €
Area 1

242,00 €

Area 2 198,00 €
Area 2

198,00 €

Area 3 165,00 €
Area 3

165,00 €

Area 4 113,00 €
Area 4

113,00 €

Area 5 89,00 €
Area 5

89,00 €

Area 6 65,00 €
Area 6

65,00 €

Area 7 42,00 €
Area 7

42,00 €

Area 8 29,00 €
Area 8

29,00 €

Area 9 17,00 €
Area 9

17,00 €

Standing room
Standing room

About the Production

Short Summary

The former consul Angelotti has escaped from captivityin the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle, he meets the painter Mario Cavaradossi, who helps him.

But the chief of police, Scarpia, manages to track Cavaradossi down: He is to be executed. To save him, Scarpia demands physical devotion from Tosca, Cavaradossi's beloved. She agrees, receives the promise of a mock execution - and murders Scarpia. However, he has betrayed her and Cavaradossi is actually shot. For Tosca, life has become meaningless and she throws herself off Castel Sant'Angelo.

Tosca

Storyline

Rome in 1800: Angelotti, consul of the former Roman Republic, has escaped from Castel Sant'Angelo, where he was imprisoned. In the church of SantʼAndrea della Valle, he meets the painter Mario Cavaradossi, a Republic sympathizer, who promises to help him.

In addition, his sister, the Marchesa Attavanti, has left him women's clothes in her family chapel as a disguise. Floria Tosca, a famous singer and Cavaradossi's jealous lover, arrives to arrange a night of love with the painter in her villa.

She discovers that the painting Cavaradossi is working on bears the features of Attavanti. Only after the painter has managed to appease her jealousy and she has left the church again can Cavaradossi and Angelotti plan the former consul's escape: he is to hide on Cavaradossi's estate. A cannon shot reveals that his escape from Castel Sant'Angelo has been discovered and Cavaradossi accompanies Angelotti to the hiding place. In the church, the supposed victory over Napoleon at Marengo (and thus the setback of republican aspirations) is celebrated.

The brutal police chief Baron Scarpia, who hopes to discover clues to Angelotti's escape in the church, interrupts the celebration. Using a fan left behind by the Marchesa Attavanti, he succeeds in stirring up the jealousy of the returned Tosca, who then rushes to Cavaradossi to convict him of infidelity. Scarpia's henchmen follow her. In a diabolical monologue, Scarpia muses on his desire to possess Tosca and to see Cavaradossi dead.

The victory over Napoleon is also celebrated in Palazzo Farnese, with Tosca in attendance. Meanwhile, Scarpia has Cavaradossi tortured in order to discover Angelotti's hiding place. When Tosca hears his cries of pain, she betrays him in order to protect her lover.

News arrives that Napoleon has won at Marengo. The end of tyranny is imminent. Before that, however, Cavaradossi is to be executed. To save him, Scarpia demands Tosca's physical devotion. She agrees, receives the promise of a mock execution and passes - and murders Scarpia.

On the platform of Castel Sant'Angelo, where his execution is to take place, Cavaradossi loses himself in memories of Tosca.

She appears and tells them about his rescue and the imminent faked execution. But Scarpia has betrayed her and Cavaradossi is actually shot by the soldiers. For Tosca, life has become meaningless. As Scarpia's henchmen approach, she throws herself off the Castel Sant'Angelo.

Act 1 40 min
Intermission 25 min
Act 2 40 min
Intermission 25 min
Act 3 25 min

For many viewers, Margarethe Wallmann's /Tosca/ production is a particularly successful and atmospheric production. It is the oldest directorial work in the Haus am Ring (premiere in 1958) - but the magic of this traditional production remains unbroken. The love story of Cavaradossi and Tosca and the political plot are impressively interwoven in vivid and effective images, while the stage space and costumes by Nicola Benois testify to a visual language that is as clear as it is impressive. For generations of Viennese opera-goers, Wallmann's production is the quintessential Tosca production. The production is given an additional attraction by the impressive number of well-known artistic personalities who have appeared before Viennese audiences in memorable performances under precisely this direction, in precisely these sets and in precisely these costumes.

In this opera, Giacomo Puccini played off the spheres of art and politics against each other and created a masterpiece of dramatically gripping music, but also enchanting beauty. Arias such as "E lucevan le stelle" and "Vissi d'arte" are not only among the most famous moments of the work, but have also become icons of opera history.

Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, first performed in Rome in 1900, is based on the play La Tosca by Victorien Sardou, a notorious colportage play at the time, which Sarah Bernardt successfully performed in the title role. Puccini's opera takes place on two very specific days: on June 17, 1800, a Tuesday, and at dawn on the following Wednesday. The three locations of Tosca - the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle, the Palazzo Farnese and Castel Sant'Angelo - are actually existing buildings in Rome. The composer is also said to have listened to the bells at the beginning of the third act in the city: he obtained physical-acoustic information about the sound of the bells before starting the composition.

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