Shepherd: RON JONATHAN SINGSON (Estonian National Opera Boy’s Choir)
Jailer: JAMIE ROCK
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, National Opera Estonia Boy’s Choir, Festival Orchestra
Frantic thirst for power. Treacherous friends. Destroyed lives. In all its immediacy, eagerness and drama, the magnificent opera classic rolls out in front of our eyes.
Tosca is an Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s opera in three acts, written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Victorien Sardou’s drama Tosca. It premiered in Rome on 14th January 1900 in Teatro Costanzi. Tosca is one of the most played operas in the world.
"English Touring Opera brings opera to every corner of the UK – and sometimes, as a special treat, to wonderful festivals like Birgitta Festival in Tallinn. Alongside productions in theatres and a repertoire ranging from Monteverdi, Cavalli and Handel to Tippett, Britten and Janáček, the company also performs new operas for children each year, as well as special, multi-sensory operas for children with special needs and participatory song cycles for people with dementia. ETO is committed to the idea that opera is for everyone, and that opera can change you. In recognition of our ambition and achievement, ETO was awarded the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera in 2014 – the highest award for achievement in the performing arts in the UK. This production of Tosca has already toured to 22 towns and cities in the UK in repertoire with other opera productions. As we perform in Tallinn, we will already be in rehearsal for our first opera by Rameau (Dardanus), and for a new, complete-in-two-parts production of Handel's masterpiece, Giulio Cesare.
We are honoured to have been invited with our Tosca to the beautiful Birgitta Festival – and we sincerely hope it will be the beginning of a long collaboration!”
James Conway, General Director, English Touring Opera
English Touring Opera (ETO) was founded in England in 1979 under the name of Opera 80. The name was changed to ETO in 1992. English Touring Opera’s mission is to bring quality opera to diverse locations, across the UK as well as Europe, which are not originally built for opera productions, and to audiences who ordinarily might not have the opportunity to enjoy high quality opera. From 2002, the head of ETO is James Conway, a highly acclaimed director in the UK, who came to ETO from Opera Theatre of Ireland. Also from 2002, the musical director of ETO is Michael Rosewell.
Duration: 2 h 40 min (one 30 min intermission)
In Italian language, with English and Estonian subtitles