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(La) Tosca

Music: Giacomo Puccini. Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, after the play by Victorien Sardou

Productions

Teatro Constnzi Rome, 1900
Covent Garden, 1900
King's Theatre Hammersmith, 1945, Royal Carl Rosa Opera
Royal Opera House, May 1970
London Coliseum, 1976, ENO
Royal Opera House, April-May 1986

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Teatro Constanzi, Rome
First performance: 14th January 1900

CharacterPlayed By
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Covent Garden
First performance: 12th July 1900

CharacterPlayed By
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King's Theatre Hammersmith
In repertoire of Monday 10th September 1945 - ? (for four weeks).
Second week dates: Monday 17th, Thursday 20th (Eve).
Royal Carl Rosa Opera Company.
Production: John Moody. Decor: Hamish Wilson.

20/09 (eve) cast
CharacterPlayed By
Floria Tosca (a celebrated Songstress)Joan Hammond
Mario Cavaradossi (Painter)Frank Titterton
Baron Scarpia (Chief of Police)Otakar Kraus
Cesare AngelottiHubert Dunkerley
A SacristanAppleton Moore
Spoletta (Police Agent)Liddell Peddieson
Sciarrone (Gendarme)Nicholas Quin
A GaolerJames Stewart
Shepherd BoyRuth Abbott
ConductorHarold Gray

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Royal Opera House
May 1970
Producer: Franco Zeffirelli. Rehearsed by: Ande Anderson.
Scenery: Renzo Mongiardino. Costumes: Marcl Escoffier.
Lighting: Franco Zeffirelli and William Bundy. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
Royal Opera Chorus - Chorus Master: Douglas Robinson.
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Leader: Charles Taylor.

Thursday 28th May 1970 programme cast
CharacterPlayed By
Cesare Angelotti, an escaped political prisonerGeorge Macpherson
A SacristanEric Garrett
Mario Cavaradossi, a famous painter and republicanErmanno Mauro
Floria Tosca, a famous singerGabriella Tucci
Baron Scarpia, Chief of PoliceTito Gobbi
Spoletta, a Police AgentJohn Dobson
Sciarrone, a Police OfficerDennis Wicks
A Shepherd BoyMaurice Wren
A GaolerPaul Statham

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London Coliseum
First performance: 4th February 1976
English translation: Edmund Tracey
Conductor: Roderick Brydon. Producer; John Blatchley.
Designer: Margaret Harris. Assistant Designer: Mike Brydges.
Lighting: RObert Ornbo. Staff Producer: Brenda Stanley.

CharacterPlayed By
Cesare AngelottiJohn Tomlinson
A SacristanEric Shilling
Mario Cavaradossi, a painterKeith Erwen
Floria Tosca, a singerAnne Evans
Baron Scarpia, Chief of PoliceNorman Bailey
Spoletta, a police officialTerry Jenkins
Sciarrone, an agentPatrick Wheatley
A shepherd-boyMichael Berk
A gaolerHarry Coghill

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Royal Opera House
28 April, 1, 5, 9, 13 & 16 May 1986
Production: Franco Zeffirelli. Staged by Wilfred Judd.
Scenery: Renzo Mongiardino. Costumes: Marcel Escoffier.
Lighting: William Bundy and Franco Zeffirelli.
Conductor: Michael Schonwandt.

CharacterPlayed By
Cesare Angelotti, an escaped political prisonerRodney Macann
except 13 May
Cesare Angelotti, an escaped political prisonerRichard Van Allan
13 May
SacristanEric Garrett
Mario Cavaradossi, a painter and RepublicanGiuseppe Giacomini
Floria Tosca, a celebrated singerNatalia Troitskaya
28 Apr, 1 & 5 May
Floria Tosca, a celebrated singerMara Zampieri
9, 13 & 16 May
Baron Scarpia, Chief of PoliceIngvar Wixell
Spoletta, a Police AgentJohn Dobson
Sciarrone, a Police OfficerGordon Sandison
Shepherd BoyDominic Martinez
GaolerJohn Parry
The Royal Opera ChorusChorus Master: Peter Burian
The Orchestra of The Royal Opera HouseLeader: Hugh Maguire (except 13 May), Alan Sloan (13 May)

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