Puccini's Firey Drama
Tyranny and treachery intwine in Giacomo Puccini's menacing tragedy staged by the Tacoma Opera. A signature piece of the repertoire, Puccini infuses a twisting story of love, sacrifice, and revenge with soaring music that fills the auditorium and overpowers the senses, before building to a searing finale!
What is the story of Tosca?
Under the cloud of rebellion on all sides, Rome is in the middle of a tumultuous change as the Royalist regime is winning over the Republic. Whilst the merciless Baron Scarpia is rounding up rebels and jailing them, Tosca rehearses in a church before meeting her lover Cavaradossi and his fugitive friend Angelotti. When the embittered Baron catches up with him he falls for Tosca, much to her anger, and tortures her lover in front of him. If she yields to him, she is promised his life under the guise of a false execution. But Scarpia's meanness knows no bounds and before the day is out, all life will be extinguished.