PHOTO GALLERY: Tosca at Cairo Opera House

Ahram Online, Thursday 15 Mar 2012

Between 8 and 13 March, Cairo Opera Company, Cairo Opera Choir and Cairo Opera Orchestra conducted by Nayer Nagui performed Puccini's Tosca. Director: Abdalla Saad

photo by Sherif Sonbol

The story of Tosca revolves around two protagonists in love: Mario Cavaradossi, a Volterian, Christian painter, and Floria Tosca, a soprano diva. Mario vows to save Angelott, an escaped political prisoner hiding in the church where Mario is painting. When Scarpia, the police chief, arrives to the church, he is suspicious. He arrests Cavaradossi and sends him to the torture chamber. Tosca only obtains her lover's freedom by agreeing to give herself to Scarpia.

Before this happens, however, Scarpia signs a deed granting free passage to the two lovers, promising to put Cavaradossi through a mock execution. But Tosca, unable to accept the price set by Scarpia, ends up killing the police chief. The final scene is at the execution, when Tosca and Cavaradossi expect to be reunited once it is over. When the smoke clears, Tosca hurries to her lover's body and finds – to her horror – that she has been tricked: Cavaradossi is dead, prompting her to leap from the parapet to her death.

Photos by Sherif Sonbol.

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