The Royal Theater culminates its season with 16 Tosca representations

Tosca at the Royal Theater

Between 4 and the 24 of July They will be offered 16 functions Tosca, with free broadcasts in different formats YouTube channels, MyOperaPlayer, The 2 TVE, RNE Classic Radio and outdoor screens in Plaza de Oriente and Plaza de Isabel II, that will carry the popular title of Puccini to all corners, celebrating the end of an intense and very special operatic program, since Real has been the only lyrical theater in the world to present a season 2020-2021.

Nicola Luisotti has played an important role during this long period of coexistence with the pandemic, directing the exceptional Traviata after strict confinement, inaugurating this season last September with A masked ball and stimulating, with your dedication, trust and dedication, to the artists, workers and Choir Y Titulares Orchestra of the Royal Theater during these uncertain times.

With Tosca, Luisotti He will direct his ninth opera at the Royal Theater, this time leading three deals with four Cavaradossi, working together with Paco Azorín, which has renewed for Real the production created in 2014 for the Liceu of Barcelona and the Maestranza of Seville.

Conceived as a thriller film, supported by projections and a circular set that evolves from the realism of the first act to a progressive, more conceptual and symbolic language, Azorín leads the viewer to penetrate the revolutionary atmosphere, chaotic and ruthless of the Napoleonic and counterrevolutionary struggles, germ of the movements that would lead to the unification of Italy years later.

Drawing a parallel between the tragic love story of the protagonist and the fight against a corrupt and autocratic power, Tosca fights for the man she loves to humiliation and murder, symbolically embodying the uncompromising defense of revolutionary ideals.

Paco Azorín, who began his career as a set designer at the Real have seen his sets for the operas The prisoner Y Suor Angelica (with the direction of Lluís Pasqual) and for the ballets 2 you Maestro, The love wizard Y Electra­, also assumes the stage direction in this production, adapting the guidelines of the acting performance to the idiosyncrasy of each singer.

In the production that will be seen at the Real, the original dramaturgy has been maintained, but some changes have been made, like the incorporation of an actress who symbolizes the revolution, or the new costume design of the titular character, conceived by Ulises Merida, with which it is intended to reinforce the character of Tosca's operatic diva, completing the original costume of Isidre Prunés, who died in 2014.

The opera, co-production of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville premiered in 2014, will star three casts led by the sopranos Sondra Radvanovsky, Maria Agresta Y Anna Netrebko; tenors Joseph Calleja, Michael Fabiano, Yusif Eyvazov Y Jonas Kaufmann; and baritones Carlos Alvarez, Gevorg Hakobyan Y Luca Salsi.

Sondra Radvanovsky, who already played Tosca in 2011, will return to Real with this role, after embodying Amelia in A masked ball at the opening of this season. The soprano also returns Maria Agresta, who starred Rule (2016), The Troubadour (2019) Y Don Carlo (2019). Anna Netrebko will perform his second opera at the Real, after your participation in War and peace, Sergey Prokofiev, in 2001.

American tenor Joseph Calleja debuts at the Teatro Real, Michael Fabiano assumes a new starring role after his participation in Cyrano de Bergerac (2012), I due Foscari (2016), Giovanna D'Arco (2019), La traviata (2020) Y A masked ball (2020), Y Yusif Eyvazov will perform an opera for the first time at the Madrid Coliseum, after having participated in a concert next to Anna Netrebko in 2019. Finally, Jonas Kaufmann, who acted in a role of La clemenza di Tito in 2009, will now play Cavaradossi in two roles.

Scarpia's role will be defended by Carlos Alvarez that completely changes registration after his recent triumph in Long live the mother­, Gevorg Hakobyan, debuting at Real, Y Luca Salsi, who appeared in Rigoletto (2015) Y Don Carlo (2019).

After the reopening of the Real, they have offered 32 functions Tosca in the seasons 2003-2004 Y 2010-2011, all with scene direction of Nuria Espert. This popular operatic title returns with a new focus, born from the musical and dramatic richness of this frenetic masterpiece by Puccini.

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