Libretto Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Conductor Jonathan Lyness
Director/Designer Richard Studer
English Translation Amanda Holden
Following their spectacularly successful production of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly in 2014, Opera Project return to Tobacco Factory Theatres this autumn for our co-production of another intensely dramatic and riveting masterpiece from Puccini – Tosca.
Set in 1800, the piece depicts the final hours of three of the most highly charged characters in all opera – Baron Scarpia (the ruthless and corrupt chief of the Roman police) the painter Mario Cavaradossi and his lover, the celebrated singer Floria Tosca. Rarely does opera lay witness to the demise of all of its major protagonists, but in Tosca we have it all – love, jealousy, lust, despair, torture and murder impregnate the story, from the opening escape of the political prisoner Cesare Angelotti to Scarpia’s final posthumous act of betrayal.
Theatrically gripping from start to finish, the score is perhaps Puccini’s most lavish, containing two of his most famous arias – Tosca’s ‘Vissi d’arte’ and the brilliant tenor aria ‘E lucevan le stelle’.
Opera Project has brought together another fantastic cast, who as usual will perform the opera in English. In a change to our published brochure, the title role will now be performed by Mari Wyn Williams, whose opera roles include Lady Macbeth from Verdi’s Macbeth and who was one of the Alvarez Young Artists at Garsington Opera last year. Also making their role debuts in Tosca are regular favourite Welsh tenor Robyn Lyn Evans, singing Tosca’s lover Cavaradossi and internationally renowned baritone Nicholas Folwell as the notorious Baron Scarpia. Nicholas is known throughout Europe and elsewhere for appearances in his signature role Alberich in Wagner’s mighty Ring Cycle.
Opera Project’s terrific twelve piece orchestra, central to the music
and drama of this great opera, plays Jonathan Lyness’s arrangement
of the score.
The Golsoncott Foundation is proud to support Tobacco Factory Theatres as it stages this production.
is proud to support Tobacco Factory Theatres as it stages its Aug – Dec 17 season.
- RUNNING TIMEApprox. 2hrs 45mins (inc. two intervals)
- VENUEFactory Theatre
Wed 27 September, Tue 03, Wed 04, Tue 10 & Wed 11 October £38
Fri 29 & Sat 30 September, Fri 06, Sat 07, Fri 13 & Sat 14 October £42
Under 25 Concession
Tickets at each of the Tue & Wed performances will be available at £15 for Under 25s