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Tosca

Giacomo Puccini

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MAY 5, 7, 11, 13, 19, 21, 23, AND 27, 2023


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is approximately two hours and 45 minutes, including one 25-minute intermission


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When Rome’s corrupt police chief becomes obsessed with opera singer Floria Tosca, he imprisons her lover Cavaradossi and issues a terrible ultimatum: submit to his desires or watch her beloved die.

Twists and turns abound in this thriller from Giacomo Puccini, the master of emotional storytelling. Rising soprano Olga Busuioc stars in this fast-paced, not-to-be-missed classic.


Credits
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM



CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS


Conductor: Giuliano Carella
Director: Paul Curran
Set & Costume Designer: Kevin Knight
Lighting Designer: David Martin Jacques
Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

Tosca: Olga Busuioc
Cavaradossi: Stefano La Colla
Scarpia: Roland Wood
Spoletta: Joel Sorensen
Sacristan: Donato Di Stefano

With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

A Canadian Opera Company production

The Story

SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

The passionate opera singer Tosca is in love with the artist Cavaradossi. When Cavaradossi hides Angelotti (an escaped political prisoner), Scarpia, the tyrannical Chief of Police, seeks to execute both men. Tosca makes a deal with Scarpia: to give herself to him to save her lover. With Scarpia’s promise of a fake execution, Tosca stabs him before he can claim his part of the deal. But Tosca is double-crossed and Cavaradossi is actually executed. In despair, she takes her own life. 

 

FULL SYNOPSIS

 

ACT I 

Angelotti, the escaped Consul of the Roman Republic, staggers into a chapel in the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle. He finds a key and uses it to hide in the Attavanti chapel. The Sacristan enters, followed by the painter Mario Cavaradossi, who resumes work on his painting of a blonde Mary Magdalene, while his thoughts drift to his dark-haired lover, the opera singer Floria Tosca. When the Sacristan leaves, shutting the chapel door, Angelotti emerges. Cavaradossi, his compatriot, recognizes him, but tells him to hide again–he has heard the approach of Tosca. Angelotti is weak with hunger and Cavaradossi gives him his lunch. 

 

Entering, Tosca jealously demands to know why the door was locked. Cavaradossi appeases her and they arrange to meet at his home after her performance that evening. As she leaves, Tosca angrily recognizes the beautiful Marchesa Attavanti in the face of Cavaradossi’s painting of Mary Magdalene. Cavaradossi’s passionate protests finally placate her, but she asks that he paint the eyes dark, like her own. After Tosca leaves, Angelotti joins Cavaradossi and informs him that the Marchesa Attavanti is his sister. Cavaradossi tells him of a hidden path to his villa and of a hiding place halfway down the garden well. They quickly leave when they hear a cannon shot announcing the discovery of Angelotti’s escape from prison. 

 

The Sacristan returns, followed by choirboys and clerics, who are all excited at the news of Napoleon’s defeat. Everyone falls silent at the arrival of Baron Scarpia, the chief of police. The police find the Attavanti chapel gate unlocked. Inside they find a woman’s fan with the Attavanti crest and an empty lunch basket. Scarpia recognizes the Marchesa in the painting. The Sacristan tells him that the artist is Cavaradossi, a suspected traitor and Floria Tosca’s lover. 

 

Tosca returns to the church intending to reluctantly cancel that evening’s assignation with Cavaradossi. She has to sing that evening as the Farnese Palace in celebration of Napoleon’s defeat. Scarpia uses the fan to convince Tosca that her lover is being unfaithful to her. He consoles her as she breaks down. Tosca rushes off to confront her lover. Scarpia orders his men to follow her. As the cardinal’s procession enters the church, Scarpia congratulates himself on the prospect of catching Angelotti, jailing the traitor Cavaradossi and, most importantly, winning the beautiful Tosca. 

 

INTERMISSION 

 

ACT II 

Scarpia is dining in his apartment in the Farnese Palace. Scarpia gives Sciarrone a letter for Tosca, requesting a meeting after her performance. Alone, Scarpia exults in his plans to conquer Tosca, extolling the merits of violent conquest over romantic love. Spoletta enters, reporting that Angelotti could not be found at Cavaradossi’s villa, but that they have arrested the painter instead. Cavaradossi is brought into the room, but he refuses to answer questions. Tosca enters and, before he is dragged from the room, Cavarodossi warns her to say nothing to Scarpia. Scarpia questions Tosca about her visit to the villa, and when she says nothing, he threatens to torture her lover until one of them tells the truth. Tosca begs for mercy for Cavaradossi, and then, upon hearing an anguished cry from her lover, she tells Scarpia to look in the garden well. 

 

The beaten Cavaradossi is brought out, but rallies to curse Tosca when Scarpia reveals her betrayal. But when Sciarrone enters to tell them that Napoleon has defeated the reactionary forces at Marengo, Cavaradossi scornfully celebrates the victory in Scarpia’s face. Enraged, Scarpia condemns him to death and orders him removed. Alone with Scarpia, Tosca begs for his mercy, asking Scarpia to name is price. He tells her that she is the price: she must submit to his lust. In despair, Tosca wonders why she, who has lived for art and love, is repaid by God with such misery. 

 

Spoletta enters with the news that Angelotti has committed suicide upon his discovery. Tosca agrees to Scarpia’s demands but insists that Cavaradossi be set free at once. Scarpia tells her that he will stage a mock execution, telling Spoletta: “just like Palmieri.” Spoletta nods in understanding and leaves. Tosca insists on a letter of safe conduct. As Scarpia writes the letter, Tosca picks up a knife. As Scarpia rises to seize Tosca, she stabs him, crying “This is Tosca’s kiss!” Standing over the dead Scarpia, she forgives him, and leaves the room, with the safe conduct letter in her hand. 

 

INTERMISSION 

 

ACT III 

At the ramparts of Castel Sant’Angelo, a shepherd boy sings in the distance as Cavaradossi is brought out to await his execution. Writing a farewell letter to Tosca, he loses himself in memories of their love. Suddenly Tosca enters, and joyfully shows him the letter of safe conduct. Tosca tells Cavaradossi all, preparing him to pretend to die during the fake execution. They ponder their happy future. 

 

The firing squad enters to lead Cavaradossi to his execution. As the shots are fired, Cavarodossi falls convincingly. Tosca waits for everyone to leave before she approaches him. When Cavaradossi is unresponsive, Tosca realizes Scarpia’s final deceit. Having discovered the murdered corpse of Scarpia, Spoletta and Sciarrone enter to arrest Tosca. Upon seeing them, the griefstricken Tosca runs to the parapet, and jumps to her death, crying, “Scarpia, we meet before God!” 

  • Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM


    CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS


    Conductor: Giuliano Carella
    Director: Paul Curran
    Set & Costume Designer: Kevin Knight
    Lighting Designer: David Martin Jacques
    Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

    Tosca: Olga Busuioc
    Cavaradossi: Stefano La Colla
    Scarpia: Roland Wood
    Spoletta: Joel Sorensen
    Sacristan: Donato Di Stefano

    With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

    A Canadian Opera Company production

  • SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

    The passionate opera singer Tosca is in love with the artist Cavaradossi. When Cavaradossi hides Angelotti (an escaped political prisoner), Scarpia, the tyrannical Chief of Police, seeks to execute both men. Tosca makes a deal with Scarpia: to give herself to him to save her lover. With Scarpia’s promise of a fake execution, Tosca stabs him before he can claim his part of the deal. But Tosca is double-crossed and Cavaradossi is actually executed. In despair, she takes her own life. 

     

    FULL SYNOPSIS

     

    ACT I 

    Angelotti, the escaped Consul of the Roman Republic, staggers into a chapel in the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle. He finds a key and uses it to hide in the Attavanti chapel. The Sacristan enters, followed by the painter Mario Cavaradossi, who resumes work on his painting of a blonde Mary Magdalene, while his thoughts drift to his dark-haired lover, the opera singer Floria Tosca. When the Sacristan leaves, shutting the chapel door, Angelotti emerges. Cavaradossi, his compatriot, recognizes him, but tells him to hide again–he has heard the approach of Tosca. Angelotti is weak with hunger and Cavaradossi gives him his lunch. 

     

    Entering, Tosca jealously demands to know why the door was locked. Cavaradossi appeases her and they arrange to meet at his home after her performance that evening. As she leaves, Tosca angrily recognizes the beautiful Marchesa Attavanti in the face of Cavaradossi’s painting of Mary Magdalene. Cavaradossi’s passionate protests finally placate her, but she asks that he paint the eyes dark, like her own. After Tosca leaves, Angelotti joins Cavaradossi and informs him that the Marchesa Attavanti is his sister. Cavaradossi tells him of a hidden path to his villa and of a hiding place halfway down the garden well. They quickly leave when they hear a cannon shot announcing the discovery of Angelotti’s escape from prison. 

     

    The Sacristan returns, followed by choirboys and clerics, who are all excited at the news of Napoleon’s defeat. Everyone falls silent at the arrival of Baron Scarpia, the chief of police. The police find the Attavanti chapel gate unlocked. Inside they find a woman’s fan with the Attavanti crest and an empty lunch basket. Scarpia recognizes the Marchesa in the painting. The Sacristan tells him that the artist is Cavaradossi, a suspected traitor and Floria Tosca’s lover. 

     

    Tosca returns to the church intending to reluctantly cancel that evening’s assignation with Cavaradossi. She has to sing that evening as the Farnese Palace in celebration of Napoleon’s defeat. Scarpia uses the fan to convince Tosca that her lover is being unfaithful to her. He consoles her as she breaks down. Tosca rushes off to confront her lover. Scarpia orders his men to follow her. As the cardinal’s procession enters the church, Scarpia congratulates himself on the prospect of catching Angelotti, jailing the traitor Cavaradossi and, most importantly, winning the beautiful Tosca. 

     

    INTERMISSION 

     

    ACT II 

    Scarpia is dining in his apartment in the Farnese Palace. Scarpia gives Sciarrone a letter for Tosca, requesting a meeting after her performance. Alone, Scarpia exults in his plans to conquer Tosca, extolling the merits of violent conquest over romantic love. Spoletta enters, reporting that Angelotti could not be found at Cavaradossi’s villa, but that they have arrested the painter instead. Cavaradossi is brought into the room, but he refuses to answer questions. Tosca enters and, before he is dragged from the room, Cavarodossi warns her to say nothing to Scarpia. Scarpia questions Tosca about her visit to the villa, and when she says nothing, he threatens to torture her lover until one of them tells the truth. Tosca begs for mercy for Cavaradossi, and then, upon hearing an anguished cry from her lover, she tells Scarpia to look in the garden well. 

     

    The beaten Cavaradossi is brought out, but rallies to curse Tosca when Scarpia reveals her betrayal. But when Sciarrone enters to tell them that Napoleon has defeated the reactionary forces at Marengo, Cavaradossi scornfully celebrates the victory in Scarpia’s face. Enraged, Scarpia condemns him to death and orders him removed. Alone with Scarpia, Tosca begs for his mercy, asking Scarpia to name is price. He tells her that she is the price: she must submit to his lust. In despair, Tosca wonders why she, who has lived for art and love, is repaid by God with such misery. 

     

    Spoletta enters with the news that Angelotti has committed suicide upon his discovery. Tosca agrees to Scarpia’s demands but insists that Cavaradossi be set free at once. Scarpia tells her that he will stage a mock execution, telling Spoletta: “just like Palmieri.” Spoletta nods in understanding and leaves. Tosca insists on a letter of safe conduct. As Scarpia writes the letter, Tosca picks up a knife. As Scarpia rises to seize Tosca, she stabs him, crying “This is Tosca’s kiss!” Standing over the dead Scarpia, she forgives him, and leaves the room, with the safe conduct letter in her hand. 

     

    INTERMISSION 

     

    ACT III 

    At the ramparts of Castel Sant’Angelo, a shepherd boy sings in the distance as Cavaradossi is brought out to await his execution. Writing a farewell letter to Tosca, he loses himself in memories of their love. Suddenly Tosca enters, and joyfully shows him the letter of safe conduct. Tosca tells Cavaradossi all, preparing him to pretend to die during the fake execution. They ponder their happy future. 

     

    The firing squad enters to lead Cavaradossi to his execution. As the shots are fired, Cavarodossi falls convincingly. Tosca waits for everyone to leave before she approaches him. When Cavaradossi is unresponsive, Tosca realizes Scarpia’s final deceit. Having discovered the murdered corpse of Scarpia, Spoletta and Sciarrone enter to arrest Tosca. Upon seeing them, the griefstricken Tosca runs to the parapet, and jumps to her death, crying, “Scarpia, we meet before God!” 


2022 season creative: BT/A

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts capacity: 2,070
Ticket prices do not include service fees, $9 CAD

Tosca

Giacomo Puccini
To

MAY 5, 7, 11, 13, 19, 21, 23, AND 27, 2023


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is approximately two hours and 45 minutes, including one 25-minute intermission


Subscribe now and save as part of a 2022/23 Subscription!

When Rome’s corrupt police chief becomes obsessed with opera singer Floria Tosca, he imprisons her lover Cavaradossi and issues a terrible ultimatum: submit to his desires or watch her beloved die.

Twists and turns abound in this thriller from Giacomo Puccini, the master of emotional storytelling. Rising soprano Olga Busuioc stars in this fast-paced, not-to-be-missed classic.

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