Opera

Tosca

Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
Sung in Italian, with German surtitles
Melodrama in three acts | Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, based on the drama by Victorien Sardou
First performance: 1900 in Rome
We, 21.06.2017
Grosses Haus19:30 - 22:00
Adina Aaron
Photo: Martin Kaufhold
Adina Aaron, José Cura
Photo: Martin Kaufhold
Samuel Youn, Adina Aaron, Statisterie
Photo: Martin Kaufhold
Samuel Youn, Adina Aaron
Photo: Martin Kaufhold
José Cura, Adina Aaron, Samuel Youn
Photo: Martin Kaufhold
Samuel Youn, Adina Aaron
Photo: Martin Kaufhold
Adina Aaron, José Cura
Photo: Martin Kaufhold
Samuel Youn, Adina Aaron
Photo: Martin Kaufhold
José Cura
Photo: Martin Kaufhold

Torture and death, bells and canons: these are the ominous elements that make up Puccini’s fifth opera. In stark contrast to "La Bohème", which gently tugs at the heartstrings, "Tosca" more ruthlessly tests the nerves of the people, speaking to their inherent sense of justice. Puccini himself admitted that his focus had started to shift away from poetic melodrama, steering towards a more naturalistic and shocking form of dramatic expression. He wrote about his 1900 opus: "...up to now we have been gentle, but now we want to be cruel". With this opera, which had its premiere one year before Verdi's death, Puccini positioned himself as a veritable heir to the master of Verismo. Still remaining faithful to his unique style, "Tosca" quickly earned an honoured place as one of the pillars of Italian opera repertoire. The toll of the church bells and the chant of the shepherd boy serve as tonal contrasts to Tosca’s devout prayer and Cavardossi’s flourishing lyricism, in well-known Puccini-esque melodic sweetness.

Puccini started toying with the idea of the opera ever since he saw the famous Sarah Bernhardt in the title role of the drama by the same name, created for her by Victorien Sardou. Various other composers - even Verdi - took an interest in the tragedy, but it was publisher Ricordi who finally managed to secure the rights for Puccini, surrounding it in scandal. Following the premiere in Rome, and subsequent performances in Milan with Arturo Toscanini, the opera solidified itself as a worldwide success.

Cast

Conductor Michael Helmrath
Original Production Sandra Leupold
Revival Director Agnes Terebesi
Stage Designer Tom Musch
Costume Designer Marie-Luise Strandt
Lighting Designer Klaus Krauspenhaar
Chorus Master Albert Horne
Youth Chorus Direction Dagmar Howe
Dramaturgy Brunhild Matthias, Bodo Busse
Floria Tosca Elena O'Connor
Mario Cavaradossi Aaron Cawley
Derrick Ballard
Cesare Angelotti Young Doo Park
A Sacristan Benjamin Russell
Spoletta Benedikt Nawrath
Sciarrone Alexander Knight
Shepherd Boy Stella An
Jailer Leonid Firstov
Chor, Extrachor & Jugendchor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden