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, Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera
In the original Italian with Polish surtitles
‘In the amorous realm, the desire for suicide is frequent: a trifle provokes it,’ writes Roland Barthes. In Tosca a woman falls to her death once she understands that even though she killed her oppressor, she still has failed to save her lover. Double death is the finale of this love affair entangled in politics. A singer and a painter, love and crime – this dark classic about a woman in love who gets involved in a dangerous power play never ceases to provoke great emotions. Ever since its premiere in 1900, at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, it has attracted subsequent directors. The heroine prepared to bargain with death for the life of her beloved – who will she turn out to be today? What depths will Barbara Wysocka’s attuned ear uncover in the character of Tosca? The director conquered the audience in 2009 with her daring staging of The Fall of the House of Usher, honoured with the prestigious Polish award Paszport Polityki. Waiting with bated breath for Tosca’s inevitable demise, we will clash with fragments of a world that moves us in its timeliness.