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Thursday at the Opera - Lecture IV



Thursday at the Opera - Lecture IV

Our series Thursday at the Opera is back at the Institute from February 15th until March 29th.

The series will be presented by Deirdre O'Grady, Emeritus Professor of Italian and Comparative Studies of University College Dublin. The illustrated lectures she presents will consider Puccini’s works and their sources, influences, great performers in specific roles in which they triumphed, and famous stage productions. The lectures will begin on February 15th and end on March 29th. Each lecture will last about one hour starting at 6:30pm on Thursdays.
Lectures will be in English.


15th March: Tosca (Rome 1900) and back – stage at the Opera- Leoncavallo and Cilea. Love and Music/ Politics and Painting

Tosca Puccini’s ‘Roman’ opera is set in the baroque church of Sant’ Andrea della Valle, the Farnese Palace and the Castel Sant’Angelo. The plot centres around a French Painter Cavaradossi, a Roman Singer Floria Tosca and Baron Scarpia the Chief of Roman Police. Set in 1800 during the Napoleonic Campaign it tells of the thwarted attempts of the revolutionary Mario Cavaradossi and Cesare Angelotti to establish a Roman Republic at a time when Rome was without a Pope ( Sede Vacante.) Alongside the political scenario is Scarpia’s lust for the singer Tosca, Cavaradossi’s lover. Described as a ‘shabby shocker’ every possible device is adopted in order to ignite raw emotion: the score contains a torture scene, an attempted rape, a murder, an execution and a suicide, all presented on stage! Puccini’s use of musical continuity in order to provide dramatic conviction represents a first step towards that achieved in La fanciulle del West in 1910.

The opera, derived from the play La Tosca (1887) by Victorien Sardou and written for Sarah Bernhardt provides a vehicle for the emerging ‘singing actress’ of the verismo opera. The work also unites musically, dramatically and symbolically, through the soprano and tenor, the themes of love, painting, music and performance.


Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time: At 6:30 pm

Entrance : Free