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A Fiery Diva, An Idealistic Artist, A Sadistic Police Chief - Tosca

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Fiona Clarke

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AZ Lifestyle features Tosca, the quintessential opera. Article author Fiona Clarke raves that Tosca has all the best characteristics, and features passionate but tender love, jealousy, betrayal, evil lust, noble self-sacrifice, torture, death and heart-wrenchingly beautiful music.

The opera dates from the end of the 19th-century. French dramatist Victorien Sardou had written a play for Sarah Bernhardt called La Tosca and when composer Giacomo Puccini saw her perform in the title role, he arranged for his favorite writing team of Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica to create a libretto, which was completed by 1898.

Certainly no opera fits this description better than this enduring Puccini classic, filled with drama, passion, and betrayal—brought to life by his lush score and a phenomenal cast of international-caliber artists. We can’t wait to share this masterpiece once again with Arizona.

– Joseph Specter, Arizona Opera’s president and general director