The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Giacomo Puccini's Tosca

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Series: Amadeus
Publisher: Amadeus Press
Format: Softcover
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Authors: Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa

An idealistic artist, a celebrated opera singer, and a corrupt police chief engage in a fierce battle of wills in this tempestuous tale of passion, intrigue, cruelty, and deception. Puccini's great melodrama may be set in 1800, amid the Napoleonic wars, but the conflicts between love and loyalty, the state and the individual, and hypocrisy and principle are anything but dated. Floria Tosca, the beautiful, glamorous singer who has all Rome at her feet, is one of the iconic soprano roles in the Italian repertoire. She's caught between two men-her lover, the handsome painter Cavaradossi, who defies the law to hide a rebel friend; and the villainous Baron Scarpia, Rome's all-powerful chief of police, who will stop at nothing to crush the rebels and conquer Tosca for himself. This gripping story of torture, attempted rape, murder, suicide, and general mayhem is as thrilling and dramatic as anything seen on the operatic stage.

$18.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00120796
ISBN: 9781574674439
UPC: 884088918002
Width: 6.0"
Length: 9.0"
160 pages

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