Florentine Opera Presents ‘Tosca’: Puccini’s Superb Shocker
Premiered in Rome in 1900, Tosca was an instant hit with the opera-going public, but the press was largely scandalized by its raw emotionalism (the most infamous jab, penned by musicologist Joseph Kerman, called Tosca a â€śshabby little shockerâ€ť). That it assuredly is not. People have flocked to Tosca for more than a century now, thanks to its emotive power and glorious arias (â€śVissi dâ€™arte,â€ť â€śRecondita armonia,â€ť â€śE lucevan le steleâ€ť)â€”a deserved devotion showing no sign of slack.
The Florentine Opera presents Pucciniâ€™s Tosca as the first production of its season. Performances take place at Uihlein Hall on Nov. 20-22.