Opera Cheat Sheet: Tosca

Here’s our quick and humorous overview of Giacomo Puccini’s beloved Tosca which is this week’s LA Opera performance airing on Classical 91.7 Saturday at noon.
 

In this week’s Opera Cheat Sheet, Classical 91.7’s program director St.John Flynn and opera expert Eric Skelly discuss Puccini’s Tosca.  Based on the play La Tosca by French playwright Victorien Sardou, this melodramatic opera is set in Rome in June 1800, with the Kingdom of Naples's control of Rome threatened by Napoleon's invasion of Italy, and it tells a story about the intersection of love, art and politics in the life of singer Floria Tosca.  You can hear the LA Opera’s performance of Tosca Saturday at noon on Classical 91.7 and online at classical917.org.