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 ‚Äúshabby little shocker‚ÄĚ). That it assuredly is not. People have flocked to Tosca for more than a century now, thanks to its emotive power and glorious arias (‚ÄúVissi d‚Äôarte,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúRecondita armonia,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúE lucevan le stele‚ÄĚ)‚ÄĒa deserved devotion showing no sign of slack.
The Florentine Opera presents Puccini‚Äôs Tosca as the first production of its season. Performances take place at Uihlein Hall on Nov. 20-22.