Charles Court Opera
Tosca’s heart-wrenching story is a tragic one of love and loss. Though the opera is full of beautiful arias, in one of its best known, Vissi d’arte, Tosca sings that though she has been faithful to the Lord and lived her life as loving as she possibly could, she has still been rewarded with misfortune. Drama, passion and fabulous music – one of the great evenings of opera.
Tosca is a three act opera set in Rome in 1800, with the Kingdom of Naples' control of rome threatened by Napoleon's invasion of Italy. It is a story full of raw emotion and fiery drama and contains some of Puccini's best-known lyrical arias.
Floria Tosca is an aristocratic and good-hearted woman who loves the artist Mario. It is post-Napoleon Rome, and political instability befouls the air. The villainous Scarpia, jealous of Mario and wanting Tosca for himself, arranges the execution of Mario on false charges of revolt. Tosca leaps from a high building to her death.
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One of the leading lights in the recent explosion of small companies taking opera and musical theatre into previously inaccessible places, and leading the current reinvigoration of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, Charles Court Opera was formed in 2005 by its Artistic Director, John Savournin, starting life at the Rosemary Branch Theatre in Islington with a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. Now in its eighth year, Charles Court Opera has produced a wide range of work including critically acclaimed Gilbert and Sullivan productions, grand operas, contemporary music events, education projects and their legendary 'boutique' pantomimes. They have performed across the UK in venues ranging from London's pub theatres to the National concert hall in Dublin and have toured to France, Ireland, Spain and the USA. Unique to the company is their collaboration with the Eaton-Young Piano Duo who arrange the orchestral scores for CCO's G&S productions, complete for piano four hands or two pianos, without having to compromise the musical substance. In 2012, CCO gave a special G&S gala concert in the presence of HM The Queen as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations; produced a new production of La Boheme in France and on tour before bringing The Pirates of Penzance to London audiences at the King's Head Theatre throughout September. At Christmas, they presented The Three Musketeers: A Boutique pantomime, which The Telegraph described as "priceless".