2020 / 2021 Main Hall the 8th Season
4 / 6 February * Thursday / Saturday * 7:00 / 5:00 pm
Opera in 3 acts
Producer: Luca RONCONI
Conductor: Abzal MUKHITDIN, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan
Production Coordinator: Lorenza CANTINI
Set Designer: Margherita PALLI
Costume Designer: Vera MARZOT
Lighting Designer: Gianni MANTOVANINI
Choirmaster: Yerzhan DAUTOV, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan
Assistant Director: Yerenbak TOIKENOV
Head of Children’s Choir: Altynganym AKHMETOVA
Giacomo Puccini is one of the greatest Italian operatic composers, the author of celebrated operas, such as Manon Lescaut, Madame Butterfly, La bohème, Turandot, etc. One of the most popular and frequently performed at the world’s theatres opera is Tosca.
In all his operas, despite the dramatic and tragic plots, Puccini declares the primacy of love, goodness, honour and faith in the human relationships. Female image is often central in Puccini’s operas. Puccini’s main heroines are light, sophisticated, though, sometimes weak.
The principal character, the famous Italian singer Tosca, is a patriot of Italy and a fierce heroic and romantic figure. Even in the scenes of death and suicide Puccini seeks to express his heroine’s beautiful and delicate soul.
The plot of Tosca was taken from Victorien Sardou’s play, filled with drama and love for liberty. Puccini created a bright and expressive masterpiece, in the centre of which underlies a tragic love story of the singer Floria Tosca and the painter Mario Cavaradossi. Indeed, the story takes place in the dark epoch of opposition, at the time of the historical events of 1800s: the invasion of Napoleon’s army in Italy and the foundation of the Republic... The lovers become victims of despotism, tortures, prison and execution... Being far from the political struggle, – occasionally they get involved into it...
The premiere of Tosca took place on 14 January 1900 and was not a success. However, one year later Tosca gained the love of audiences.
Nowadays Tosca is successfully performed on the stages of the most prestigious theatres in various countries, and the tickets are sold rapidly.
So, what is the secret of Tosca’s popularity and actuality? Those who will have a chance to see it on the stage of the Astana Opera will have the answer.
Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (with two intermissions)
ROLES AND PERFORMERS:
Tosca – Zhupar GABDULLINA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan (4.02) /
Margarita DVORETSKAYA, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan (6.02)
Cavaradossi – Medet CHOTABAYEV, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan (4.02) /
Meir BAINESH, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan (6.02)
Scarpia – Zhanat SHYBYKBAYEV, Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan
A sacristan – Shyngys RASSYLKHAN
Angelotti – Bolat YESSIMKHANOV
Spoletta – Beimbet TANARYKOV (4.02) /
Ramzat BALAKISHIYEV (6.02)
Sciarrone – Talgat GALEYEV
A jailer – Nurlybek KOSPARMAKOV
A shepard boy – Kanat BAKHTIYAR
Performed in Italian
(with synchronized Kazakh and Russian supertitles)
Management reserves the right to substitute artists