TOSCA in Barcelona

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Presents:

Tosca

Giacomo Puccini

8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 25 March 2014

tosca1_01A triangle of passions

Three is a number of special relevance to Tosca: three settings in Rome in the year 1800, three main characters (Tosca, Cavaradossi and Scarpia), and the three rules of classical drama – action, place and time – which, surprisingly, still underlie this work from the dawn of the 20th century. Paco Azorín chooses to apply the number three to yet another dimension and his production – dominated by a huge, strikingly realistic altarpiece – spans three centuries: the period of the action, that of the premiere, and that of the present audience. Thus there are three levels of interpretation, one for each act, and his Tosca starts off as a work of realism, evolves into the sphere of symbolism, and concludes with a metaphorical vision of this tale of passions. For every passion that is part of contradictory human nature – from love to power lust – finds its place in the three settings and each is expressed with forcefulness and violence. 


Melodramma in three acts. Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after the melodrama La Tosca by Victorien Sardou (1831-1908). Music by Giacomo Puccini. Premiered on 14 January 1900 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome (nowadays Teatro dell’Opera). First staged at the Gran Teatre del Liceu on 30  March 1902. Most recent performance at the Gran Teatre del Liceu: 21 June 2004.

Conductor
Paolo Carignani

Stage direction and Scenography
Paco Azorín

Costume
Isidre Prunés

Lighting
Pascal Mérat

New Co-production
Gran Teatre del Liceu / Teatro de la Maestranza (Sevilla)

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu

Cor Savina del Conservatori de Cervera

Direction of children’s choir
Núria Mas

CAST

  
 Sondra Radvanovsky         Martina Serafin                Fiorenza Cedolins

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Floria Tosca Sondra Radvanovsky 8, 11, 14, 17, 20 and 23 Mar
Martina Serafin 9, 13, 18, 21 and 25 Mar
Fiorenza Cedolins 12, 15, 19 and 22 Mar
Mario Cavaradossi Riccardo Massi 8, 11, 14, 17, 20 and 23 Mar
Jorge de León 9, 12, 15, 19 and 22 Mar
Alfred Kim 13, 18, 21 and 25 Mar
Baró Scarpia Ambrogio Maestri 8, 11, 14, 17, 20 and 23 Mar
Scott Hendricks 9, 13, 18, 21 and 25 Mar
Vittorio Vitelli 12, 15, 19 and 22 Mar
Cesare Angelotti Vladimir Baykov 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22 and 23 Mar
Alessandro Guerzoni 9, 13, 18, 21 and 25 Mar
Sagristà Valeriano Lanchas  
Spoletta Francisco Vas 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 22 and 23 Mar
José Manuel Zapata 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 21 and 25 Mar
Sciarrone Manel Esteve  
Carceller    
Un pastor Elena Copons

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Photos: Scale models of the new production

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