Tosca (Giacomo Puccini) – dossier

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Melodrama in 3 acts

By Giacomo Puccini

Libretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, after Victorien Sardou’s play La Tosca (1887)

First performed : Teatro Costanzi, Rome, 14 January 1900

My review.


CHARACTERS

Floria Tosca, famous singer (soprano): Ericlea Darclée

Mario Cavaradossi, painter (tenor): Emilio De Marchi

Il Barone Scarpia, Head of the Police (baritone): Eugenio Giraldoni

Cesare Angelotti (bass): Enrico Galli

The Sacristan (baritone): Ettore Borelli

Spoletta, police agent (tenor): Enrico Giordani

Sciarrone, gendarme (bass): Giuseppe Gironi

A Jailer (bass): Aristide Parasassi

A Shepherd (boy): Angelo Righi

A Cardinal – The Judge – Roberti, executioner – A Scribe – An Official – A Sergeant

Soldiers, altar boys, noblemen and women, townsfolk, etc.


SETTING

Rome: June 1800

 

ACT I: The Church of Sant’ Andrea della Valle

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Act I - La Chiesa di S. Andrea della Valle.png

 

ACT II: The Palazzo Farnese.  Scarpia’s room.  Night.

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Act II - La camera di Scarpia al piano superiore di Palazzo Farnese.png

ACT III: The platform of the Castel Sant’ Angelo.

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Source of stage designs: Archivo Storico Ricordi – Collezione digitale.