One of the most important drama works of opera art, “Tosca” takes the stage under the stars at the Castell de Peralada Festival in northern Spain.
In the famous work of the legendary Italian composer Puccini, the main character Tosca is played by the famous soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, and his passionate lover Cavaradossi is played by German tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
In the story, the evil police chief Scarpia, who falls in love with Tosca and does nothing to win her over, tortures Tosca’s lover. Cavadarossi’s cries of torture, Tosca’s murder of Scarpia in terrifying cold blood embraces the audience with reality.
German soprano Serafin says the scenes in the opera are almost like a movie. “Puccini is way ahead of his time, his handling of emotions is incredible.” he speaks.
‘Tosca is one of the most excellent operas ever written’
Stating that the role of Cavaradossi was one of the most important roles of his career, Jonas Kaufmann said, “Tosca is one of the most excellent operas ever written, there are probably a few operas you wouldn’t want to miss a note of, and Tosca is definitely one of them.” he said.
Emphasizing that the story is very deep, Sondra Radvanovsky spoke about Puccini’s work as follows:
“This opera is about love, fighting, jealousy, fighting for everything you believe in, and being honest with yourself. Both Cavaradossi and Tosca stay true to their values, and that’s why they die in the end – I’m sorry to tell you the ending.”
“Cavaradossi really, really loves Tosca so much that no matter what happens, the vixen melts under Tosca’s eyes,” the German tenor said of the unique love story of the character Cavaradossi.
A different interpretation of Scarpia from Alvarez
Spanish baritone Carlos Alvarez, who plays the evil police chief Scarpia, added a different dimension to the police he portrayed:
“Think of Scarpia as a man in love, a man in hopelessly in love, and then you forget the archetype of someone strong and mean. You can actually be very kindly rude too.”
Believing that purity is the key to Tosca’s iconic aria, Radvanovsky said, “I think ‘Vissi d’arte’ the simpler it is said, the more effective it is because it is like a humble prayer.”