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" 12:55pmOpera coverage begins " Pleasecall for Opera packages:Single Opera ticket: $27 Purchase 2-5 Operas at the same time: $26 each, Purchase 6-9 Operas at the same time: $25 each Premiere: Teatro Costanzi, Rome, 1900.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 withTosca"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 madeToscaone of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination.Tosca"s popularity is further secured by a superb and exhilarating dramatic sweep, a driving score of abundant melody and theatrical shrewdness, and a career-defining title role. Production a gift of Jaqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr; The Paiko Foundation; and Elena Prokupets with major funding from Rolex
PRODUCTION:Sir David McVicar SET DESIGNER:John Macfarlane COSTUME DESIGNER:John Macfarlane LIGHTING DESIGNER:David Finn Setting No opera is more tied to its setting thanTosca, 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. While the libretto takes some liberties with the facts, historical issues form a basis for the opera: the people of Rome are awaiting news of the Battle of Marengo in northern Italy, which will decide the fate of their symbolically powerful city. Music The score ofTosca(if not the drama) itself is considered a prime example of the style of verismo, an elusive term usually translated as "realism." The typical musical features of the verismo tradition are prominent in Tosca: short arias with an uninhibited flood of raw melody, ambient sounds that blur the distinctions between life and art, and the use of parlato"words spoken instead of sung"at moments of tension. Preview The Opera...