Happy Cinema Bucharest is honored to invite audiences to Tosca by Puccini, one of the great opera experiences, on Sunday, 11th of February, starting from 4 P.M.
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 fi re during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a fi ring squad.
Tosca Trailer: https://youtu.be/8hEaCkcjI-o
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Direction: Jonathan Kent
Conductor: Dan Ettinger
Floria Tosca: Adrianne Pieczonka
Mario Cavaradossi: Joseph Calleja
Baron Scarpia: Gerald Finley
Spoletta: Aled Hall
Cesare Angelotti: Simon Shibambu
Duration: 3 hours, with 2 breaks.
Songs in Italian, with English subtitles.
The price per ticket is 49 lei if it’s acquired at the cinema or 39 de lei if it’s acquired online from happycinema.ro.
Schedule of the opera season:
The Royal Ballet THE WINTER’S TALE – Christopher Wheeldon (4th of March)
The Royal Opera CARMEN – Bizet (11th of March)
The Royal Ballet BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION NEW McGREGOR / NEW WHEELDON / THE AGE OF ANXIETY (1st of April)
The Royal Opera MACBETH – Verdi (8th of April)
The Royal Ballet MACMILLAN: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION MANON – Kenneth MacMillan ( 6th of May)
The Royal Ballet SWAN LAKE – Liam Scarlett after Petipa and Ivanov (New Production) ( 17th of June)