From the minute that you walk inside the Royal Opera House and lay your eyes on the ornate and beautiful style of the architecture, you realise immediately that you are standing in a place, which is historic and special. Furthermore you understand the great privilege that fortune and fate have awarded you to allow you to be there at all.
For an exceptionally thrilling night out at the opera in London, get yourself booked in to see Tosca, which is running from 9 July 2013 – 26 June 2014.
Tosca is a fast moving sexual thriller set in Rome at the time of Napoleon Bonaparte’s invasion of Italy. When the protagonist of the story, Mario Cavaradossi decides to help a man on the run, he sparks off a chain of events that have disastrous consequences, involving his lover, Floria Tosca and the evil chief of police, Scarpia.
Puccini’s Tosca was first performed at the “Teatro Costanzi” in Rome in 1900. Despite containing depictions of murder, torture and suicide, the opera became an instant hit with the public.
Musicologist Joseph Kerman called it “A shabby little shocker,” which is probably the ideal thing to call an opera if you want it to sell out!
Tosca first started life as a play by Victorien Sardou but it was Puccini who could see how effective the story would be when turned into an Opera.
Whether or not Tosca would still be shown over a century after its premier in the play format is something we will never know. What we do know is that this “Shabby little shocker” is still going strong as an opera.
The Royal Opera House is one of Britain’s greatest buildings and is home to both the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera. There are four tiers in all and a full house is 2,556 strong and unlike many other heavily-attended venues, the seats are comfortable with plenty of leg-room – the perfect place to sit back, relax and watch the drama unfold.