Drama "Tosca" was created by the author V. Sardou for the great artist of his time - Sarah Bernhardt. Seeing her on stage a great game, inspired by Puccini's decided to write an opera based on it. But first he had to deal with a competitor: a popular composer Albert Franchetti had already begun work on this subject, and his desk was already lying ready libretto. However, the future author of "Tosca" persuaded Franchetti step aside. In 1889, from the pen appeared Puccini opera "Tosca", which became a sensation in the world of music.
For Puccini was important that the events of the opera take place in his home country. The image of the main character in the interpretation of Puccini's women busy with their love grows to the talented actress and patriot. Sardou melodramatic characters, enriched by the music of the opera, grew into a depth of feeling and found the strength of character.
Each of the main characters the viewer sees a strong personality and deep, filled with uneasy feelings. The image is read Tosca passion and impulsiveness passionate nature, Cavaradossi will captivate the viewer generosity and courage, cruel Scarpia appears on stage as the present incarnation of evil.
The richness of the vocal capabilities of the opera opera roles become fertile ground for the best talents of the Mikhailovsky Theatre.
Libretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after the drama by Victorien Sardou "Floria Tosca"
Directed by: Stanislav Gaudasinskaya
Premiere: February 28, 1999, the renewal: 17 June 2009
The duration of the opera: 3 hours with two intermissions