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Opéra Bastille - First performance on 10 October 2014 - 7:30PM

Ticket rates : 5€, 15€, 35€, 70€, 100€, 135€, 155€, 190€, 210€
10 Oct 5€, 15€, 38€, 77€, 110€, 148€, 170€, 209€, 231€
10 Nov 5€, 15€, 28€, 56€, 80€, 108€, 124€, 152€, 168€

Running time : 2H42 with 2 intervals

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New production
Tosca
PUCCINI
Presentation
Pre-performance reading
MELODRAMMA EN TROIS ACTES (1900)
MUSIC BY GIACOMO PUCCINI (1858-1924)
LIBRETTO BY GIUSEPPE GIACOSA AND LUIGI ILLICA
BASED ON VICTORIEN SARDOU'S PLAY
Performed in Italian

A singer in love, passionate, jealous and impulsive; a romantic painter, an idealist and a defender of liberty; a police chief with a lust for flesh, power and blood, ready to do anything to achieve his ends. Puccini artfully combines the ingredients of a melodrama written for Sarah Bernhardt and comes up with what might be called the opera of operas, a spectacle at once primitive and decadent. In a mythical yet real Rome, from the shadows of the church of Sant' Andrea della Valle to the terrace of Castello Sant' Angelo, passions collide and tear all apart, mingling the erotic with the sacred, love with possession, theatre with life. Nothing is what it seems in Tosca: beautiful women who come to pray are conspirators, defeats are victories and mock executions are real. A spectacular work which captures the essence of opera as few others do.
Pierre Audi signs a new production of this violent and passionate work for the Paris Opera.

Daniel Oren Conductor
Evelino Pidò (13 au 28 nov) Conductor
Pierre Audi Stage director
Christof Hetzer Sets
Robby Duiveman Costumes
Jean Kalman Lighting
Klaus Bertisch Dramaturgy
José Luis Basso Choruses master
ArtisteNoteRôle
Martina Serafin
(10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 26 oct)
Floria Tosca
Oksana Dyka
(24, 27 oct, 1er, 8, 12, 17, 21, 25, 28 nov)
Floria Tosca
Béatrice Uria-Monzon
(29 oct, 4, 10, 13, 15 nov)
Floria Tosca
Marcelo Alvarez
(10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 26 oct)
Mario Cavaradossi
Marco Berti
(24, 27, 29 oct, 8, 12, 17, 21, 25, 28 nov)
Mario Cavaradossi
Massimo Giordano
(1er, 4, 10, 13, 15 nov)
Mario Cavaradossi
Ludovic Tézier
(10, 16, 19, 22 oct)
Scarpia
George Gagnidze
(13, 24, 27 oct, 1, 8, 12 nov)
Scarpia
Sebastian Catana
(26, 29 oct, 4, 10, 13 nov)
Scarpia
Sergey Murzaev
(15 to 28 Nov)
Scarpia
Wojtek Smilek
Cesare Angelotti
Carlo Cigni
(8 au 28 nov)
Cesare Angelotti
Carlo Bosi
Spoletta
Eric Huchet
(1 au 28 nov)
Spoletta
André Heyboer
Sciarrone
Francis Dudziak
(10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 oct)
Il Sagrestano
Luciano Di Pasquale
(1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 21, 25, 28 nov)
Il Sagrestano
Andrea Nelli
Un carceriere
Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Maîtrise des Hauts-De-Seine /  Paris Opera children's Chorus

(A) 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 26 OCTOBer
(B) 24, 27 OCTOBer, 1st, 8, 12, 17, 21, 25, 28 NOVEMBer
(C) 29 OCTOBer, 4, 10, 13, 15 NOVEMBer

Live in cinemas on 16 october / To be broadcast at a later date on Culturebox and France 2
Broadcast on France Musique on 25 october


              

    
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Director: Denis Caiozzi

THE COMPOSER

Giacomo Puccini was born in 1858 in Lucca and died in 1924 in Brussels. Born into a family of organists from Lucca (his father was a theoretician and a famous teacher), Puccini studied at the Milan Conservatory under Ponchielli, amongst others. He wrote ten operas, most of which have become pillars of the operatic repertoire (Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Fanciulla del West, Il Trittico, Turandot) and several religious works (Salve regina, Messa di Gloria). Considered as one of the principal representatives of the verismo movement, which was the extension into music of naturalism in literature, Puccini stands apart for the sophistication of his musical style and the rejection of the brutality that often characterised the movement.

THE WORK

Victorien Sardou’s play in fi ve acts and six scenes, La Tosca, was given its first performance on November 24th 1887 at Paris’s Théâtre de la Porte Saint Martin. Sarah Bernhardt played the title role. The 127 Parisian performances were followed by a tour that was to take the actress to Milan in 1889. Although he knew only a few words of French, Puccini, who saw the play, was able to grasp the essence of the action thanks to the important role played by mime in the production, the cast’s acting skills and the infl ections of Sarah Bernhardt’s voice. The ease with which he understood the plot convinced him that the subject was a good one and he subsequently asked his publisher Giulio Ricordi to enquire about rights for a musical adaptation of the play. One can understand how Puccini was won over by this drama whose interest never ebbs. As his biographer, Mosco Carner, wrote, the work is “an affair of sex, sadism, religion and art, a masterfully mixed dish served up on the platter of a major historical event !” (Napoleon’s victory over the Austrian troops at Marengo). Giacosa and Illica, the librettists of La Bohème, compressed the action into three acts by eliminating many secondary characters. The political episodes were also removed and the action concentrated on the Tosca-Cavaradossi-Scarpia trio.

THE FIRST PERFORMANCE

Tosca was created on January 14th 1900 at the Teatro Constanzi in Rome. The first Parisian performance took place at the Opéra-Comique on October 13th 1903.

THE WORK AT THE PARIS OPERA

The first performance of Tosca at the Paris Opera took place in 1925 on the occasion of a one-night gala. The work was subsequently performed as part of a Vienna Opera tour in 1928 with Maria Jeritza. During a televised gala on December 19th 1958, Maria Callas sang the second act of the opera with Tito Gobbi. The complete version of Tosca entered the Paris Opera repertoire on June 10th 1960 with Renata Tebaldi, Albert Lance and Gabriel Bacquier singing under the direction of Georges Prêtre. Régine Crespin and Franco Corelli appeared in revivals of the production in 1962 and 1964. On February 19th 1965 a new production, staged by Franco Zeffi relli, brought together Maria Callas, Renato Cioni and Tito Gobbi. In 1982, 1984 and 1985 a production by Jean-Claude Auvray and Jean-Paul Chambas starred alternately Kiri Te Kanawa, Maria Slatinaru, Gwyneth Jones, Hildegard Behrens, Raina Kabaivanska (Tosca), Ernesto Veronelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Giacomo Aragall (Cavaradossi), Gabriel Bacquier, Ingvar Wixell, Sherrill Milnes (Scarpia). In May 1994 the Opera Bastille presented a new production staged by Werner Schroeter and starring alternately Carol Vaness/Galina Kalinina, Placido Domingo/Giacomo Aragall/Neil Rosenshein/ Sergei Larin and Jean-Philippe Lafont. This production was performed numerous times up until 2012, with Galina Gorchakova, Maria Guleghina, Fiorenza Cedolins, Anna Shafajinskaia, Catherine Naglestad, Sylvie Valayre, Iano Tamar and Martina Serafi n all in the title role.

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