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

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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


Tosca premiered in 1900 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. It is one of the world’s most frequently performed operas and is known as much for its gripping drama as for its appealing score. The setting is Rome, where Tosca, a beautiful and famous singer, battles to save her lover Mario from the sadistic police chief Scarpia. The role of Tosca has been long considered a proving ground for great operatic actresses.

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