Tosca (Opera Explained CD)

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Tosca (Opera Explained CD)
by Thomson Smille (Author), Thomson Smillie (Author), David Timson (Narrator)
Series: Opera Explained
Audio CD: 1 pages
Publisher: Naxos Educational (May 1, 2002)
Language: English

Tosca is Puccini at the peak of his theatrical power. The story of the jealous, impassioned opera singer Floria Tosca and her doomed love for the painter Mario Cavaradossi is played out against backgrounds both historically and geographically overwhelming. It is set in three great and historical locations of Rome during the Napoleonic era. Spectacle, sensuality and cruelty battle for our attention in one of the most truly action-packed works of theatre.

Enticing us with just a couple of the great tunes from this deeply affecting opera, David Timson then begins setting the biographical and operatic scene. The enduring popularity of Tosca is quickly understood its appeal generated largely from exactly the same elements which once caused academics to brand it a shabby little shocker. The master of melody is at his finest, as David Timson illustrates with characteristic enthusiasm.

History

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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