Illustration I did about the revival of the New York City Opera, whose return performance was the Italian opera, Tosca. I took a new approach to Tosca laying the crucifix on Scarpia’s chest between two candles.
I saw this on Tuesday night, just went by myself because it looked beautiful - and it was! It was so dramatic that a woman in front of me passed out, I kid you not. I missed some of the second part due to paramedics lifting her away.
Also, cosmic backdrops should be used in everything. EVERYTHING.
Step 1 - Attention-grabbing, one-measure introductory motif. Bring back when you need to wrench the audience back into the action. Step 2 - introduce romantic, but abusive male lead Step 3 - introduce innocent goddess female lead Step 4 - high C’s mean we’re in love! Step 5 - give woman a dagger (or tuberculosis, you know, your choice) Step 6 - ??? Step 7 - everyone’s dead and you’re rich!
O! dolci baci, o languide carezze, mentr'io fremente le belle forme disciogliea dai veli! Svanì per sempre il sogno mio d'amore. L'ora è fuggita, e muoio disperato! E muoio disperato! E non ho amato mai tanto la vita, tanto la vita!
Oh, sweet kisses and languorous caresses, While feverishly I stripped the beautiful form of its veils! Forever, my dream of love has vanished. That moment has fled, and I die in desperation! And I die in desperation! And I never before loved life so much, Loved life so much!
Run Time: About two hours and fifteen
minutes + (2 intermissions) Difficulty:
★★☆☆☆ Who did
it: Puccini First performed: Teatro
Costanzi in Rome on 14 January 1900 Here’s a bit of
background: Tosca is based on Victorien Sardou’s play, La Tosca. Tosca is actually a bit of a political piece. It takes place
in the middle of a revolution (More on that here.)
Tosca is set in one day, June 17th 1800.
It took Puccini four years to finish it.
Our Major players: ♪ Floria Tosca: A famous opera singer! As well as our main
character ♪Mario Cavaradossi: Tosca’s honey bunny, a politics enthusiast and
a talented painter ♪Scarpia: Rome’s corrupt chief of police ♪ Spoletta: Scarpia’s henchman ♪Cesare Angelotti: A political activist that is has escaped from