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Music: Tosca by Giacomo Puccini performed by the New York Opera Forum
Please join us for a performance of the musical version of Tosca written by Giacomo Puccini and performed by The New York Opera Forum.
Plot: The action of Tosca takes place in Rome in June 1800. Angelotti, a former consul of the Roman
republic, has escaped from prison and takes refuge in the Church of Sant'Andrea della Valle. There he
finds a sympathizer, the painter Mario Cavaradossi, who offers to help him. Just then Cavaradossi, the
lover of the singer Floria Tosca, hears Tosca's voice outside. She enters and accuses Cavaradossi of
having been in conversation with a woman but leaves reassured. A cannon shot announces that
Angelotti's escape is known, and Cavaradossi leaves with the fugitive. The dreaded chief of police,
Baron Scarpia, traces Angelotti to the church and decides to use Tosca to trap Angelotti. Cavaradossi
is arrested and tortured at the Farnese Palace within her hearing, and she breaks down and reveals
Angelotti's hiding place. Scarpia orders Cavaradossi to be shot, but Tosca bargains for her lover's life;
Scarpia then arranges a mock execution. When Scarpia tries to embrace Tosca in fulfillment of her
bargain, she stabs him to death, then hurries to the mock execution on the roof of Sant'Angelo castle.
But Scarpia has tricked her—the bullets are real. Realizing that Cavaradossi is dead, Tosca hurls
herself to death from the battlements.
Rosenthal, Harold. "Tosca." Encyclopedia Americana. Grolier Online, 2014. Web. 18 Jan. 2014