The Bath Opera summer tour for 2022 will be the dramatic opera ‘Tosca’ by Giacomo Puccini. There will be nine performances in seven venues over six weekends in June and July. Details of the venues and box office arrangements are set out below. The opera will be sung in English.
Tosca is one of the world’s favourite operas.
It is highly topical, in that it is set in a republic with high religious and cultural values, which has been invaded by a cruel dictatorship.
Synopsis (spoiler alert!)
Floria Tosca is an opera diva who is in love with the painter Mario Cavaradossi.However their world is turned upside down when Angelotti, the governor of the previous republic, escapes from prison and asks Cavaradossi to hide him.The chief of police Baron Scarpia arrives in pursuit, and tortures Cavaradossi to reveal Angelotti’s whereabouts: Cavaradossi refuses to talk but Tosca cannot bear to see him in pain and gives away his hideaway.
Angelotti kills himself to avoid capture but Scarpia is intent on executing Cavaradossi and seducing Tosca. She finally consents, but only on condition that Cavaradossi’s execution is a sham and that then they are allowed free passage out of the country. As soon as he has written the free passage document, Tosca stabs Scarpia and flies to meet with Cavaradossi after the execution.However Scarpia has double crossed them and the execution is real after all. As Scarpia’s men close in on Tosca, she kills herself and the curtain falls.
Auditions were held for our summer tour production of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ on 23rd January 2022, and the parts have been cast as follows: –
|Angelotti / Sciarrone||Robert Marson|
|Spoletta||Dave Key Pugh|
|Musical Director||Peter Blackwood|
|Designer/Tour Manager||John Clark|
It is good to see so many regular Bath Opera soloists in the cast list, along with the production team that so successfully put on ‘The Barber of Seville’ against all the Covid odds.And we give a huge welcome to Ghiulnara Raileanu who sang against very strong competition for the title role of Tosca!Ghiulnara has performed ‘Tosca’ in Moldova where she comes from (see link below) and this will be her first leading role in England as she builds her career here.Ghiulnara Raileanu- “Vissi d’arte,vissi d’amore” Tosca – YouTube
Thanks to the audition panel and to all those who auditioned: members who came along to watch were very impressed!
Provisional tour programme –
|Sat 18 June||Strode Theatre, Street, BA16 0AB|
|Fri 24 June||Rook Lane Chapel, Frome, BA11 1DN|
|Fri 1 July||Malmesbury Abbey, SN16 9BA|
|Sat 2 July||Rondo Theatre, Larkhall, Bath, BA1 6RT|
|Fri 8 July||Gt Chalfield Manor, nr. Melksham, SN12 8NH|
|Sat 9 July||Gt Chalfield Manor, nr. Melksham, SN12 8NH|
|Fri 15 July||Memorial Hall, Wincanton, BA9 9JF|
|Sat 16 July||Memorial Hall, Wincanton, BA9 9JF|
|Sat 23 July||Julian Slade Theatre, Prior Park College, Bath, BA2 5AH|
Box Office Details
|Strode Theatre, Street BA16 0AB||www.strodetheatre.org.uk 01458 442 846|
|Rook Lane Chapel, Frome BA11 1DN||https://www.fatsoma.com/e/4bsjd434/la/8zng 01373 468 040|
|Malmesbury Abbey SN16 9BA||www.bathboxoffice.org.uk Bath Box Office 01225 463362|
|Rondo Theatre, Larkhall, Bath BA1 6RT||Tosca at The Rondo Theatre event tickets from TicketSource 0333 666 4466|
|Great Chalfield Manor SN12 8NH||e-mail: email@example.com|
|Memorial Hall, Wincanton BA9 9JFfirstname.lastname@example.org 01963 34196 (24hr Answerphone)|
|Julian Slade Theatre, Prior Park College BA2 5AH||https://widcombe-association.whitefuse.net/pages/3-events|
Any enquiries please telephone Jane on 01963 34196