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Tosca 2019Scottish Opera

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There has been an element of good fortune for British opera companies when it comes to presenting the major operas of Puccini. Welsh National Opera launched a memorable staging of Madama Butterfly in the early 1970s, directed by the brilliant Joachim Herz. The Royal Opera at Covent Garden mounted John Copley's staging of La bohème in 1974, itself succeeding the first London staging that had presented the likes of Caruso and Melba. They also had, for some thirty years, a memorable interpretation of Tosca, by Franco Zeffirelli, which was launched in 1964 with Maria Callas as the diva and Tito Gobbi as Scarpia. While the Welsh production was revived a couple of years ago, still in fine fettle, those London stagings have now been retired. This means that Scottish Opera's fine Tosca, updated to the Mussolini era, and first seen in 1980, is now the second most venerable opera production in the country. When last seen, in 2012, it was revived, as now, by Jonathan Cocker, who treated the late Anthony Besch's vision with great respect, while preserving a sense of razor-sharp relevance. Its return is welcome, with an excellent cast, led by Stuart Stratford.

Performance Cast

Cesare Angelotti former Consul, now a political prisoner

Dingle Yandell

Mario Cavaradossi a painter

Gwyn Hughes Jones


Paul Carey Jones

Floria Tosca a famous singer

Natalya Romaniw

Sinéad Campbell-Wallace

Baron Scarpia Chief of Police

Roland Wood

Spoletta police agent

Aled Hall

Sciarrone police officer

Lancelot Nomura

Performance DatesTosca 2019

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Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

16 Oct, 19.15

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