Giacomo Puccini

Opera in three acts
Libretto: Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa based on the play by Victorien Sardou
World premiere: 14 January 1900, Rome
Premiere of this production: 23 February 2019, Polish National Opera, Teatr Wielki, Warsaw
In the original Italian with Polish surtitles

Please note that certain seats in the Gallery may have restricted view of the surtitles.​​

  • Act 1

    50 min.

  • Intermission

    20 min.

  • Act 2

    45 min.

  • Intermission

    20 min.

  • Act 3

    30 min.

Duration: ca. 3h

  • About the production

    The piece is equipped with numerous plot twists (as sudden and unexpected turns of events are called in the libretto, these days more commonly referred to as the script) worthy of a classic thriller. Quite rightly so: it is an opera after all, and the protagonists are torn apart by extreme, almost uncontrollable emotions that the audiences drink in. I would like to draw attention to something from a more rational rather than emotional order, namely the act one finale – how perfectly it fits our modern times. Inside the church there are gathered representatives of secular and ecclesiastical authorities, as well as the people of Rome, embodied in a full chorus and children’s chorus. The masses chant out Te Deum, as words of early Christian adoration of God are counterpointed by the sinister lines of the Chief of Police, the wide shot trumping individuality. And suddenly the set transforms: church interior becomes a city square. We have all been thrown out of our good old comfort zones, and what is more – we turn away from authority, like the chorus towards the end of the act. What makes matters even worse, nothing remains of that gesture by the beginning of the second act. Barbara Wysocka relocates Tosca to 1970s Rome. A sign of the times of unrest and pandemics?

  • Credits
    Patrick Fournillier
    Barbara Wysocka
    Set Designer
    Barbara Hanicka
    Costume Designer
    Julia Kornacka
    Jacek Przybyłowicz
    Lighting Designer
    Marc Heinz
    Video Projections
    Lea Mattausch
    Video Projections
    Artur Sienicki
    Hair and Make-up Designer
    Mateusz Stępniak
    Chorus Master
    Mirosław Janowski
    Children’s Choir Master
    Danuta Chmurska