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Tosca

National Theatre (Národní divadlo), Národní 2, Praha 1 - Nové Město, 110 00
Web: http://www.narodni-divadlo.cz, e-mail: info@narodni-divadlo.cz
tel.: +420224901448, +420224901111
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28. 1. 2017
19.00 — PREMIÉRA
29. 1. 2017
19.00 — II. PREMIÉRA
3. 2. 2017
19.00
4. 3. 2017
14.00
17. 3. 2017
19.00
19. 4. 2017
19.00
1. 6. 2017
19.00
5. 7. 2017
19.00
1. 9. 2017
19.00

The renowned French director Arnaud Bernard has been invited to stage the new production of Tosca.

In 1889, Puccini saw in Florence a performance of La Tosca, an acclaimed play by the French author Victorien Sardou, an engrossing melodrama about love and hate, passion and death, against the backdrop of political intrigues and the struggle for freedom and independence, written for the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt, who, according to the period testimonies, dazzled in the lead role. Even though the critics castigated Sardou’s play for containing excessive violence, the audience loved it, and Puccini was no exception. The premiere of the opera, on 14 January 1900 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, was a resounding success. Although some scorned it, including Gustav Mahler, who refused to conduct it, referring to the work as a “Meistermachwerk” (sham masterpiece), and Richard Strauss, who dismissed it in even harsher terms, the opera was admired by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schönberg.

Today, the opera-thriller about the diva Tosca, her lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and the malicious police chief Baron Scarpia, set in 1800 in Italy during the time of Napoleon’s war against Austria, is one of the most popular operas worldwide. Puccini’s Tosca was first staged in Bohemia by the National Theatre in Prague, on 21 November 1903. The next year, on 8 September 1904, the opera was performed at the New German Theatre and has ever since been a permanent part of the repertoire on the stage of what is now the State Opera.

author: Giacomo Puccini

libretto: Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa
musical preparation: Andreas Sebastian Weiser
conductor: Andreas Sebastian Weiser, David Švec
stage director: Arnaud Bernard
sets: Camille Dugas
costumes: Arnaud Bernard
chorus master: Adolf Melichar
dramaturgy: Jitka Slavíková
light-design: Arnaud Bernard

cast: Anda-Louise Bogza, Peter Berger, Jiří Sulženko, Roman Vocel/František Zahradníček ...

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