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Pier Giorgio Morandi
Director – Sets – Costumes
Hugo de Ana
Children’s chorus mistress
With Kristīne Opolais, Marcelo Álvarez, Dimitri Platanias, Cellia Costea, Ramon Vargas, George Petean, in the main roles
With the Orchestra, Chorus, Children’s Chorus (in the scope of its educational mission) and Soloists of the GNO
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Opera • Revival
Starts at 21.00 |
This production, part of a tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org].
Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, one of the most popular operas of all times, will be presented by the Greek National Opera on 28, 29, 30 and 31 July 2021 at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, as part of the Athens Festival.
Floria Tosca, an opera diva, is a woman insanely in love and pathologically jealous of her partner. Baron Scarpia, a man with a dark personality and absolute power, takes pleasure in the suffering of his victims. One of them is Tosca’s lover and devoted patriot Mario Cavaradossi; he will be killed, not for his ideas, but because he is the partner of Tosca, whom Scarpia desires. The plan is well set up: no one escapes Scarpia’s traps.
In this operatic thriller, which had its world premiere in 1900 in Rome, overpowering passions are highlighted by Giacomo Puccini’s exceptionally suggestive music. It is rightly considered one of the most popular operas in the repertoire. In Greece Tosca received its national premiere by the GNO in 1942, with 19-year-old Callas in the title role. Since then, it has been regularly presented upon a strong demand from the audience.
Tosca’s narrative plot treats a series of fundamental human issues: love, jealousy, perverted lust, loyalty to friendship. And despite the fact that death stamps its mark on the opera, the essence of its story is the unbearable predicament of the heroine who is faced with a nightmarish dilemma.
One of the reasons why Tosca remains one of the most popular operas to this day is the characteristics of the central heroine. Tosca is the role model of the opera diva, both because of her singing and her behaviour. The way she handles things, and her feelings, compose the stereotype par excellence of the vain opera singer, who has succumbed to her strong instincts. Whether on stage or behind it, she is a star.
Concurrently, a large part of the opera’s appeal is due to its fascinating dimension as political melodrama: Tosca is set during the tumultuous period immediately following the French Revolution and preceding the Napoleonic Wars, whose events ushered in the long revolutionary era that marked the European 19th century. The plot juxtaposes the virtuous revolutionary idealism of the republican Cavaradossi with the sadistic, counter-revolutionary rage of the Baron Scarpia – thus thoroughly justifying the inclusion of the work in the GNO tribute to the bicentenary of the Greek War of Independence.