floria tosca

Maria Callas as Floria Tosca in Act II of Puccini’s opera Tosca, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 1964.

This was the role in which Callas made a triumphant return to opera after a period of vocal difficulties which had kept her off stage for several years. Callas redefined forever the role of the temperamental diva forced to take drastic action whilst her lover is being tortured.