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Puccini: Tosca

By Anders Bergstrom

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By Anders Bergstrom, Bo Lundborg, Erik Saeden, Laila Andersson-Palme, Lars Bergstrom, Lars Kullenbo, Rolf Bjorling, Royal Swedish Orchestra, Royal Swedish Opera Chorus, Rudolf Dassie, and Sten Wahlund. By Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924). Classical, Opera. Classical. Listening CD. Naxos #CDA1837. Published by Naxos (NX.CDA1837).

Item Number: NX.CDA1837

Conducted by Carlo Felice Cillario.

Tosca is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on 14 January 1900. The work, based on Victorien Sardou's 1887 French-language dramatic play, La Tosca, is a melodramatic piece set in Rome in June 1800, with the Kingdom of Naples's control of Rome threatened by Napoleon's invasion of Italy. It contains depictions of torture, murder and suicide, as well as some of Puccini's best-known lyrical arias. This production, recorded on September 20, 1984, features Laila Andersson-Palme in the lead role of Floria Tosca. She is joined by opera greats Rolf Bjorling, Erik Saeden, Anders Bergstrom, and others, as well as the Royal Swedish Orchestra led by Carlo Felice Cillario.

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