Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
Melodramma in three Acts
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Based on the eponymous drama by Victorien Sardou

In Italian with German surtitles

2 hours 30 minutes, one intermission

For adults and young people from age 16

„I hunt what I desire“
Torture and death, bells and canons provide the material for Puccini’s fifth opera. He composed a naturalistic, shocking drama about the thrilling final 24 hours in Tosca’s life – torn between her lover, the artist Cavaradossi, and the unscrupulous and power-hungry Scarpia. The acoustic contrasts in this operatic thriller are marked by the ringing of bells, a little boy singing, Tosca’s desperate and heartfelt prayer and Cavaradossi’s fervid lyricisms in Puccini’s well-known sweetness.

Vasily Barkhatov takes Puccini’s intention of staging a sex-and-crime story at face value. The Russian director, who has worked at opera houses including Oper Basel, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theater an der Wien and Oper Frankfurt, sees the production less as a political history-drama and more as the story of two alpha-men fighting over a strong woman. In a world where art and power stage glamorous public encounters, the back-room cabals are more about personal desires. Set designer Zinovy Margolin has created a set on several spatial levels, which enables powerful images of this modern, psychological tangle of relationships, where all perpetrators are also victims.

Musikalische Leitung James Hendry
Inszenierung Vasily Barkhatov
Szenische Einstudierung der Wiederaufnahme Edison Vigil
Licht, Video Alexander Sivaev
Dramaturgie Regine Palmai
Kinderchor Tatiana Bergh

Floria Tosca Ewa Vesin
Mario Cavaradossi Rodrigo Porras Garulo
Baron Scarpia / Ein Schließer Pavel Yankovsky
Cesare Angelotti Markus Suihkonen / Jakub Szmidt
Spoletta Peter O'Reilly

Chor der Staatsoper Hannover,
Extrachor der Staatsoper Hannover,
Kinderchor der Staatsoper Hannover,
Statisterie der Staatsoper Hannover,