- with Paola Cuffolo, mezzo-soprano
At the time of Tosca’s premiere in 1900, a time of very strong Italian nationalism, it was fully expected that Puccini would follow in Verdi’s footsteps as the godfather of Italian opera, and deliver an opera that the relatively new nation would be able to hold up as a shining example of ‘Italianness’. This is precisely the opposite of what Puccini actually delivered in Tosca: a German-style opera based on a French play. The split of opinion between those that love Tosca and those that hate it today is essentially the same as that of the original critics: it is about the expectation placed on the opera. In this lecture we will look at how Tosca was put together, how it differs from Puccini’s earlier works, and, crucially, why it’s the Italian opera that wasn’t Italian enough for contemporary critics.
Opera is for everyone whether you are new to opera or a seasoned aficionado! You do not need to be an expert to enjoy our performance based lectures. Of course, the more you know, the more there is to enjoy! With that in mind we aim to make each class informative, interactive and entertaining, offering singer’s insights illustrated with live performance and well known recordings. These lectures form the bridge across the footlights, bringing you nearer to opera singers and their diverse, enriching art form; increasing your knowledge and enjoyment of opera.
No qualifications are necessary to attend. The audience is not required to sing!
- Concert Duration:
- 2 hours