«E lucevan le stelle» (Act III). Jorge de León (Cavaradossi). Conductor: Paolo Carignani. Stage Direction: Paco Azorín. Co-production: Gran Teatre del Liceu and Teatro de la Maestranza (Sevilla). Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu and Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió. At the Gran Teatre del Liceu (2013-14).
Three is a number of special relevance to Tosca: three settings in Rome in the year 1800, three main characters (Tosca, Cavaradossi and Scarpia), and the three rules of classical drama – action, place and time – which, surprisingly, still underlie this work from the dawn of the 20th century. Paco Azorín chooses to apply the number three to yet another dimension and his production – dominated by a huge, strikingly realistic altarpiece – spans three centuries: the period of the action, that of the premiere, and that of the present audience. Thus there are three levels of interpretation, one for each act, and his Tosca starts off as a work of realism, evolves into the sphere of symbolism, and concludes with a metaphorical vision of this tale of passions. For every passion that is part of contradictory human nature – from love to power lust – finds its place in the three settings and each is expressed with forcefulness and violence.
Melodramma in three acts. Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after the melodrama La Tosca by Victorien Sardou (1831-1908). Music by Giacomo Puccini. Premiered on 14 January 1900 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome (nowadays Teatro dell’Opera). First staged at the Gran Teatre del Liceu on 30 March 1902. Most recent performance at the Gran Teatre del Liceu: 21 June 2004.
Act I 45 min
Pause 30 min.
Act II and III 76 min.
Total 2 h. 31 min.
21 March 2014
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