Summer tour – TOSCA

Bath Opera

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: –

Tosca    Ghiulnara Raileanu 
Cavaradossi Robert Felstead 
Scarpia Niall Hoskin
Sacristan Edward Harper 
Angelotti / Sciarrone Robert Marson
Spoletta  Dave Key Pugh
Musical Director Peter Blackwood
Director Jane Clark
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 –

Date (2022)Venue
Sat 18 JuneStrode Theatre, Street, BA16 0AB 
Fri 24 June Rook Lane Chapel, Frome, BA11 1DN 
Fri 1 JulyMalmesbury Abbey, SN16 9BA 
Sat 2 JulyRondo Theatre, Larkhall, Bath, BA1 6RT
Fri 8 JulyGt Chalfield Manor, nr. Melksham, SN12 8NH 
Sat 9 JulyGt Chalfield Manor, nr. Melksham, SN12 8NH 
Fri 15 JulyMemorial Hall, Wincanton, BA9 9JF 
Sat 16 July Memorial Hall, Wincanton, BA9 9JF 
Sat 23 JulyJulian 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: chalfield@aol.com  
Memorial Hall, Wincanton BA9 9JF summertour.bathopera@outlook.com  01963 34196 (24hr Answerphone)
Julian Slade Theatre, Prior Park College BA2 5AHhttps://widcombe-association.whitefuse.net/pages/3-events

Any enquiries please telephone Jane on 01963 34196