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Giacomo Antonio Puccini


Giuseppe Giacosa, and Luigi Illica


14 January 1900, Rome (Teatro Costanzi)




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About the opera Tosca

Tosca (Italian pronunciation: ) is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on 14 January 1900. The work, based on Victorien Sardou's 1887 French-language dramatic play, La Tosca, is a melodramatic piece set in Rome in June 1800, with the Kingdom of Naples's control of Rome threatened by Napoleon's invasion of Italy. It contains depictions of torture, murder and suicide, yet also includes some of Puccini's best-known lyrical arias, and has inspired memorable performances from many of opera's leading singers.
Puccini saw Sardou's play when it was touring Italy in 1889 and, after some vacillation, obtained the rights to turn the work into an opera in 1895. Turning the wordy French play into a succinct Italian opera took four years, during which the composer repeatedly argued with his librettists and publisher. Tosca premiered at a time of unrest in Rome, and its first performance was delayed for a day for fear of disturbances. Despite indifferent reviews from the critics, the opera was an immediate success with the public.
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Roles in Tosca

Floria Tosca Soprano
Mario Cavaradossi Tenor
Baron Scarpia Baritone
Cesare Angelotti Bass
A Sacristan Baritone
Spoletta Tenor
Sciarrone Bass
A Jailer Bass

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All scenes from Tosca

Arias from Tosca
Duets from Tosca

Nr.Title sceneOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
2Ah! finalmente!ToscaPuccini1.01recitativeB Br TItalianAngelotti/A Sacristan/Cavaradossi
3E sempre lavaToscaPuccini1.02recitativebaritoneItalianA Sacristan
4Santa ampolleToscaPuccini1.03-1 ariabaritoneItalianA Sacristan
5Recondita armonia di belezzaToscaPuccini1.04ariatenorItalianCavaradossi
6Dammi i colori..Recondite armoniaToscaPuccini1.04recitativeT BrItalianCavaradossi/Scarpia
7Gente la dentro!ToscaPuccini1.04-2 recitativeB TItalianAngelotti/Cavaradossi
8Voi CavaradossiToscaPuccini1.05recitativeB TItalianAngelotti/Cavaradossi
9Mario Mario son qui!ToscaPuccini1.06duetS TItalianTosca/Cavaradossi
10Ora stammi a sentirToscaPuccini1.07duetS TItalianTosca/Cavaradossi