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The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Puccini’s Tosca (Libretto)

Item# 9781574674439

The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Puccini’s Tosca – Libretto, Background, and Photos

This first volume in the Metropolitan Opera Presents series gives you all the background information you need to fully appreciate Puccini’s operatic thriller—whether you experience Tosca at the Met, through our Live in HD transmissions, on the radio, or online.

Each book in this new series features the complete libretto in Italian and English, current and historic images from Met productions, an introductory “In Focus” feature, and the full Met program notes.

Set in Rome during the Napoleonic Wars, Tosca tells the dramatic story of a celebrated opera singer, the man she loves, and a corrupt chief of police determined to win her for himself. A gripping tale of passion, murder, and political intrigue, the opera explores themes that are as relevant today as they were in Puccini’s—and Napoleon’s—time.

Composer: Giacomo Puccini        
Authors: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Series: Amadeus                        
Publisher: Amadeus Press


  • Softcover
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 160

Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination.
Premiere: Teatro Costanzi, Rome, 1900.

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)

No opera is more tied to its setting than Tosca, which takes place in Rome on the morning of June 17, 1800, through dawn the following day. The specified settings for each of the three acts—the Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle, Palazzo Farnese, and Castel Sant’Angelo—are familiar monuments in the city and can still be visited today.


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