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Tosca by Puccini at the Palazzo Farnese in Piacenza
"On the outdoor stage a staging in the name of multimedia" in the cast Francesco Meli, Luca Salsi, Chiara Isotton - conducting Sesto Quatrini, staging Giorgia Guerra
Organizzato da: Fondazione Teatri di Piacenza

Piacenza Theater Foundation Presents

The programming of the Municipal Theater will move, in the summer months, to the outdoor courtyard of Palazzo Farnese, in collaboration with the Municipality of Piacenza, as part of the events of the review that will accompany the public from June to September. Opera will finally return to the open stage. Tosca by Giacomo Puccini is scheduled for July 30 and August 1, with a preview on July 28 reserved for under 30s.

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Palazzo Farnese in Piacenza is one of the symbols of the city: commissioned by the Duchess Margherita of Austria (1522-1586), wife of Ottavio Farnese from whom it took its name, in the mid-1500s, it stood in the majestic Visconti citadel, and was the official residence of the family. The civic museums of Palazzo Farnese are divided into ten sections: medieval frescoes, archaeological, weapons, carriages, Farnese splendor, Etruscan liver, art gallery, Risorgimento, sculptures, glass and ceramics.
Tosca by Puccini at the Palazzo Farnese in Piacenza

Interpreters

Floria Tosca Chiara Isotton
Mario Cavaradossi Francesco Meli
Baron Scarpia Luca Salsi
Cesare Angelotti Mattia Denti
The Sacristan Valentino Salvini
Spoletta Andrea Galli
Sciarrone Francesco Cascione
A Jailer Simone Tansini
A Little Shepherd Elettra Seconds
director Sesto Quatrini
staging Giorgia Guerra
costumes Artemio Cabassi
lights Michele Cremona
video mapping Imaginarium Studio
Italian Philharmonic Orchestra
Choir of the Municipal Theater of Piacenza
choir master Corrado Casati
White Voices of the Farnesian Choir of Piacenza
choir master Mario Pigazzini

Program

Tosca

Melodrama in three acts
libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

music by Giacomo Puccini

Considered Puccini's most dramatic work, Tosca is full of twists that keep the viewer in constant tension. The musical discourse evolves just as quickly, characterized by short and cutting thematic recordings, often built on dissonant harmonies. Puccini's melodic vein emerges in the duets between Tosca and Mario, and in the three famous romances, one for each act (Reconditaharmony, Vissi d'Arte, E lucevan le stelle), which slow down the excitement of the story in a lyrical direction.

The setting is in Rome, in June of the nineteenth century. The Napoleonic Roman Republic has just been abolished and reprisals are underway against the former republicans. Among these Cesare Angelotti, former consul of the Republic who, having escaped from Castel Sant'Angelo, finds refuge in the Church of Sant'Andrea della Valle. Here he meets his painter friend Mario Cavaradossi who assures him help and collaboration. The conversation between the two is interrupted by the arrival of the singer Floria Tosca, the painter's lover, who lets herself go into a scene of jealousy because she realizes that the face of Mary Magdalene that Mario is painting is that of the Marchesa Attivanti. After being reassured by the painter, Tosca leaves the church and the two friends run away.

The rest of the story revolves around the character of Baron Scarpia, head of the Papal Guards who, having learned of the understanding between the fugitive and the painter, hatches a trap to achieve the dual objective of seducing Tosca and capturing Angelotti. He therefore has Cavaradossi arrested on conspiracy charges and then forces Tosca, with the promise of a safe conduct for her beloved, to promise himself to him and to reveal Angelotti's hiding place.

Tosca gives in to blackmail but, as soon as she gets the document, she pulls out a knife and kills Scarpia. So she runs to save her man but arrives late because, in the meantime, Mario has been shot. Seized by desperation, Tosca takes her own life by throwing herself into the waters of the Tiber.

Author: Uber Bertiè

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