Based on Victorien Sardou’s naturalistic play of the same name, Puccini’s Tosca revolves around the singer Floria Tosca, who is forced to extremes in order to save the life of her lover, Mario Cavaradossi. Intoxicated with power, the Baron Scarpia will stop at nothing to get what he wants politically and sexually. He mercilessly interrogates Mario about the whereabouts of his accomplice, the rebel Angelotti, but when Mario feigns ignorance, Scarpia turns his predatory eye on Tosca. From her, he knows he can extract answers and satisfy his ravenous appetite for sex and power by bartering with the life of Cavaradossi. Puccini’s music is at once brutal, beautiful, and saturated with action and melody.

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