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Tosca
Musical Selections from "Tosca"
Educator Guide (Spanish)

Tosca

Story & Setting:

Victorien Sardou initially declined Puccini's request for the rights to transform his play La Tosca into an opera. However, after the subsequent successes of Manon Lescaut and La Bohème, the playwright consented in 1895. The story follows opera singer Floria Tosca as she goes to extreme lengths to protect the man she loves, amidst the politically wrought atmosphere of early 19th century Rome.

Opera Notes:

While the piece contains some of Puccini's most familiar arias (including the famous "Vissi d'arte" sung by the title heroine), it is largely set in through-composed style. The opera also utilizes Wagnerian-style leitmotifs, or short motive themes, to represent individual characters or ideas. A realist to the core, Puccini travelled to Rome to meticulously research the church processions, chant melodies, and bell sounds that he would include in the score of Tosca. His juxtaposition of Tosca's religion against the brutal and passionate circumstances within which she finds herself is what makes this one of the most exciting and beloved operas of all time.

Sung in

Italian

Length: 

3 hours

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Watch/Listen


"Vissi d'arte (Sonya Yoncheva)

Met Opera (current production)


Act 1 Finale (Roberto Frontali & Ensemble)

Met Opera (current production)