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Royal Opera Live: Tosca

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toscabwWednesday 7 February 2018, 7.15

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Tickets can be booked here, with the option of choosing seats from a seating plan.

There will shortly be a selection of tickets on sale (without booking charges) for this event at Macclesfield Visitor Information Centre (01625 378123).

Tickets will be available on the door, subject to demand: enquiries as to demand may be made at the cinema or by calling 07871 422937.



Drama, passion and fabulous music - Puccini s operatic thriller is one of the great opera experiences. Dan Ettinger conducts a star cast led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja and Gerald Finley.

Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.

Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.

A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused
with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.


APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES


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