Opera Scotland

Tosca

Tours by decade

1910s - 3 tours

1910 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1917 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1919 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1920s - 7 tours

1920 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1922 - British National Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1922 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1923 - British National Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1925 - British National Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1926 - British National Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1929 - Covent Garden Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1930s - 1 tour

1930 - Covent Garden Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1940s - 5 tours

1945 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1946 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1947 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1948 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1949 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1950s - 8 tours

1950 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1952 - Iskoldoff Italian Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1952 - Covent Garden Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1952 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1953 - Iskoldoff Italian Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1955 - Iskoldoff Italian Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1956 - Italian Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1957 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1960s - 2 tours

1961 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1962 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1980s - 4 tours

1980 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1982 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Fully staged, piano accompaniment
1986 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1990s - 4 tours

1990 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1993 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1997 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1998 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

2000s - 6 tours

2000 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2002 - Chisinau National Opera, Moldova
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2004 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2006 - English Touring Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2007 - Chisinau National Opera, Moldova
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2009 - Metropolitan Opera
Cinema Screening

2010s - 14 tours

2011 - Royal Opera
Cinema Screening
2011 - Tayside Opera
Fully Staged, reduced orchestration
2012 - Scottish Opera
Other
2012 - Scottish Opera
Pre-show Talk
2012 - Scottish Opera
Opera Unwrapped
2012 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2013 - Metropolitan Opera
Cinema Screening
2013 - Royal Opera
Cinema Screening
2013 - Chisinau National Opera, Moldova
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2014 - Heritage Opera
Fully Staged, reduced orchestration
2015 - Heritage Opera
Fully Staged, reduced orchestration
2016 - Ellen Kent Productions
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2017 - English Touring Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2019 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

Tours by location

Scotland, UK - 140 entries

1910 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Glasgow
1910 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Aberdeen
1910 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Dundee
1910 - Moody-Manners Opera Company
Edinburgh
1917 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Aberdeen
1917 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Dundee
1917 - O'Mara Grand Opera Company
Edinburgh
1919 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1919 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1919 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1920 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1922 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1922 - British National Opera Company
Glasgow
1922 - British National Opera Company
Edinburgh
1923 - British National Opera Company
Glasgow
1925 - British National Opera Company
Edinburgh
1926 - British National Opera Company
Glasgow
1926 - British National Opera Company
Edinburgh
1929 - Covent Garden Opera
Glasgow
1929 - Covent Garden Opera
Edinburgh
1930 - Covent Garden Opera
Edinburgh
1945 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1945 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1946 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1946 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1946 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1947 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1947 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1948 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Aberdeen
1948 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1949 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1950 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1950 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1952 - Covent Garden Opera
Glasgow
1952 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Edinburgh
1952 - Carl Rosa Opera Company
Glasgow
1952 - Iskoldoff Italian Opera Company
Glasgow
1953 - Iskoldoff Italian Opera Company
Glasgow
1953 - Iskoldoff Italian Opera Company
Edinburgh
1953 - Iskoldoff Italian Opera Company
Aberdeen
1955 - Iskoldoff Italian Opera Company
Glasgow
1956 - Italian Opera Company
Glasgow
1956 - Italian Opera Company
Edinburgh
1957 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Aberdeen
1957 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Dundee
1957 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1961 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1961 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Edinburgh
1961 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Dundee
1962 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Edinburgh
1962 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Aberdeen
1962 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1980 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1980 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1982 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1982 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Dumfries
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Isle of Islay
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Lochgilphead
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Arran
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
East Kilbride
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Rogart
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Portree, Isle of Skye
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Kirkwall, Orkney
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Helensburgh
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Stirling
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Selkirk, Borders
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Stranraer, Wigtownshire
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Edinburgh
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Elgin, Moray
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Midmar, Inverurie
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Thurso, Caithness
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Ullapool
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Kyle of Lochalsh
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Dornoch
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Acharacle
1985 - Scottish Opera-Go-Round
Newton Stewart
1986 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1986 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1986 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
1990 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1990 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
1990 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1993 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1997 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
1997 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
1998 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2000 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2000 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2002 - Chisinau National Opera, Moldova
Dundee
2004 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2004 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2006 - English Touring Opera
Perth
2007 - Chisinau National Opera, Moldova
Glasgow
2007 - Chisinau National Opera, Moldova
Edinburgh
2007 - Chisinau National Opera, Moldova
Aberdeen
2009 - Metropolitan Opera
Edinburgh
2009 - Metropolitan Opera
Aberdeen
2009 - Metropolitan Opera
Galashiels
2011 - Tayside Opera
Dundee
2011 - Royal Opera
Paisley
2011 - Royal Opera
Dunfermline
2011 - Royal Opera
Edinburgh
2011 - Royal Opera
Glasgow
2012 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2012 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2012 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2012 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2012 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
2012 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
2012 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
2012 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
2012 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2012 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2012 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2012 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2012 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
2012 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
2012 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
2012 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
2013 - Chisinau National Opera, Moldova
Glasgow
2013 - Royal Opera
Aberdeen
2013 - Metropolitan Opera
Dundee
2013 - Metropolitan Opera
Aberdeen
2013 - Metropolitan Opera
Dunfermline
2013 - Metropolitan Opera
Edinburgh
2013 - Metropolitan Opera
Falkirk
2013 - Metropolitan Opera
Galashiels
2013 - Metropolitan Opera
Glasgow
2013 - Metropolitan Opera
Perth
2013 - Metropolitan Opera
St Andrews
2014 - Heritage Opera
Ayr
2015 - Heritage Opera
Stirling
2016 - Ellen Kent Productions
Glasgow
2016 - Ellen Kent Productions
Edinburgh
2017 - English Touring Opera
Perth
2019 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2019 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
2019 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
2019 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh

England, UK - 7 entries

1980 - Scottish Opera
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1982 - Scottish Opera
London
1982 - Scottish Opera
Oxford
1982 - Scottish Opera
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1986 - Scottish Opera
Liverpool
1986 - Scottish Opera
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1990 - Scottish Opera
Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Music
Giacomo Puccini (born Lucca, 22 December 1858; died Brussels, 29 November 1924)

Text
Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Source
Play La Tosca (1887) by Victorien Sardou (French 1831-1908).

Premieres
First performance: Rome (Teatro Costanzi), 14 January 1900.
First UK performance: London (Covent Garden), 12 July 1900.
First performance in Scotland: Glasgow (King's Theatre), 18 February 1910.
Scottish Opera première: Glasgow (Theatre Royal), 15 October 1980.

Background
Puccini is the only Italian opera composer after Verdi to have established a consistent pattern of producing more than one or two enduringly successful works. His family stretched back several generations as composers of church music, however he decided that his own future lay with opera. For his fourth piece, La Bohème, he at last found a pair of writers willing and able to do as he required, and Bohème and their next two collaborations, Tosca and Madama Butterfly soon became among the most popular works in existence.

Characters
Cesare Angelotti, former Consul, now a political prisoner (bass)
A Sacristan (baritone)
Mario Cavaradossi, a painter (tenor)
Floria Tosca, a famous singer (soprano)
Baron Scarpia, Chief of Police (baritone)
Spoletta, a police agent (tenor)
Sciarrone, a police officer (bass)
A Shepherd Boy (treble or alto)
A Gaoler (bass)

Plot Summary
The setting is Rome during the early stages of the Napoleonic wars. Cavaradossi, at work on a painting in the church of Sant Andrea delle Valle, is one of a group of republican sympathisers plotting the escape of Angelotti, one of Scarpia’s prisoners. His jealous lover Tosca is more interested in the model used in the painting, clearly Angelotti’s beautiful sister. The plot succeeds, in so far as Angelotti reaches the church and Cavaradossi takes him away to his villa to hide. Scarpia and his men arrive as a church service is about to start, and, convinced that he will be able to tap her for information, he invites Tosca to supper that evening, since she is scheduled to perform in the Palazzo Farnese – the same building where he works. Later on, in Scarpia’s office, Cavaradossi has been arrested, but he is elated at the news of Napoleon’s latest victory. He is tortured in a neighbouring room, while Scarpia attempts to wrest Angelotti’s hiding place from Tosca. At last she gives in, but news is soon brought that Angelotti has killed himself rather than be captured again. Scarpia attempts to seduce Tosca by promising as reward that she and Cavaradossi may have safe passage out of Rome, but that the painter will be put through a staged false execution first. When Scarpia has written the safe conduct and issued instructions, Tosca stabs him to death. As dawn approaches, Cavaradossi, up on the Castle battlements, contemplates his imminent execution. Tosca arrives and explains the plan. However Scarpia has deceived them, and the execution is not faked. Cavaradossi is killed, and as the troops arrive to hunt for the killer of Scarpia, Tosca leaps from the battlements.

The Cast

Baron Scarpia
 Chief of Police
Cesare Angelotti
 former Consul, now a political prisoner
Floria Tosca
 a famous singer
Gaoler
 
Mario Cavaradossi
 a painter
Sacristan
 
Sciarrone
 police officer
Shepherd boy
 
Spoletta
 police agent

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