Puccini was a true theatre composer, using every means available to move the emotions of an audience. His aim was dramatic truth.
The sweep and flow of the music propels riveting drama of love, jealousy and sacrifice with astonishing vigour and force.
And who better to direct an intimate actor’s piece but the distinguished actor/director John Bell, the artistic director of Bell Shakespeare.
He has joined forces with award-winning set designer Michael Scott-Mitchell and the young, emerging costume designer Teresa Negroponte to create a monumental staging set in Mussolini’s Italy in the 1940s, during the Nazi occupation.
Puccini’s irresistible score features the unforgettable aria, ‘Vissi d’arte’, a moment of heart-breaking poignancy in a plot where Floria Tosca and Cavaradossi are embroiled in an attempt to help a friend escape from prison.
The chief of police in Rome, Baron Scarpia, is himself the perpetrator of worse crimes than those he has officially to deal with.
Two true divas will share the title role, Alexia Voulgaridou and Cheryl Barker.
They are joined by the sensational tenors Yonghoon Lee and Diego Torre – while the breathtaking baritone John Wegner plays Scarpia in the legendary love triangle.
Tosca: A Listening Guide
Nicholas Milton (from 4 Aug)
|Director||John Bell by arrangement with Bell Shakespeare|
|Set Designer||Michael Scott-Mitchell|
|Costume Designer||Teresa Negroponte|
|Lighting Designer||Nick Schlieper|
|Floria Tosca||Alexia Voulgaridou
(until 2 Aug)
Cheryl Barker (from 4 Aug)
(until 2 Aug)
Diego Torre (from 4 Aug)
Douglas McNicol (20 & 25 July only)
|Sacristan||John Bolton Wood|
Running Time: Approximately 3 hours and five minutes including two intervals of 35 and 25 minutes.
Performed in Italian with English surtitles.
“Bell has re-engaged the work's impact and dramatic tautness. It is a welcome debut with the company from a person who knows deeply how to let theatre work”
Sydney Morning Herald
"Bell's production was thoughtful and deeply considered"
“...breathtaking performances, beautifully conducted music, dramatically creative direction and three wonderful sets.”