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TOSCA, Theater an der Wien , 21 January 2022 - 19:00

Theater an der Wien,  TOSCA


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Category: Operas Event: TOSCA Date/Time: 21 January 2022 - 19:00 Venue: Theater an der Wien Address: Linke Wienzeile 6, 1060 Wien/Vienna (Map)

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Rome, 1800: Cesare Angelotti has succeeded in escaping from the Castel Sant’Angelo, the notorious state prison, where he had been held as a political prisoner. He seeks refuge in the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle where he encounters his friend, the painter Mario Cavaradossi. Suddenly the latter’s lover, opera singer Floria Tosca, appears: she is suspicious because the church door was locked, and jealous because Cavaradossi’s portrait of the Madonna bears a striking resemblance to a real-life lady. However, Cavaradossi is able to calm her down. Tosca leaves. Alone again, Angelotti and Cavaradossi work on plans for his escape – but then a cannon fires, signalling that Angelotti’s escape has been noticed. The two of them leave the church. While the choir rehearses, Scarpia, the chief of police, bursts in and has his men search the church for the fugitive Angelotti. Tosca comes back into the church as well. Scarpia knows about the relationship between her and Cavaradossi and decides to make her jealous. He succeeds. Some time later he lures Tosca to his apartment in the Palazzo Farnese where Cavaradossi, who has been recaptured, is also brought to him. Cavaradossi is to be tortured until Tosca reveals Angelotti’s hiding-place. She does so, provoking Cavaradossi’s anger. Scarpia orders Cavaradossi’s execution unless Tosca gives herself to him, in which case he will let the painter go. Tosca agrees and Scarpia promises that the execution will only be staged. Tosca also manages to negotiate a safe-conduct pass from Scarpia that will allow her and Cavaradossi to leave Rome. As he is writing the document she stabs him. She then washes her hands, takes the letter from Scarpia’s lifeless fingers, tidies her hair and leaves. At the Castel Sant’Angelo she tells Cavaradossi that the execution will only be faked and gives him his instructions: after the first shot is fired he should fall down and lie still. But the firing squad is in fact genuine: Scarpia gave orders that Cavaradossi is really to be executed. In the meantime the police have discovered Scarpia’s body and are now after Tosca. When she realises that Cavaradossi is really dead she dashes up to the top of the Castel Sant’Angelo and plunges to her death.


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