- $17 for one general admission ticket to Tosca (up to $35 value)
“Poetry and again poetry; tenderness mixed with pain; sensuality; a drama surprising and burning; and a rocketing finale.” Those are the words Giacomo Puccini once used to describe his three-act masterpiece, Tosca. Set in Rome of 1800, during the turbulent times of Napoleon’s invasion of Italy, the story is a potboiler of political intrigue, peppered with transcendent arias and shocking moments of violence. The story begins with escaped political prisoner Angelotti seeking seeking asylum with his dear friend Cavaradossi, a painter employed by his family chapel. They enlist the help of Cavaradossi’s beautiful inamorata, Tosca, whose greatest weakness is her overpowering love for him. Hot on Angelotti’s tail is the formidable, and flat-out evil police chief Scarpia, driven by twin desires: to capture the prisoner and to possess Tosca for himself. So when his officers net Cavaradossi instead of the fugitive himself, Scarpia realizes that he may have gained the bargaining chip he needs to achieve both of his goals.
But it’s not just the gripping story of good versus evil that has kept Tosca in circulation since it first premiered in Rome in 1900. Audiences thrill to the now-iconic arias as well, including “Visse d’art,” Tosca’s lament on how living for love and art has failed her, and “E lucevan le stelle,” in which Cavaradossi awaits execution.