Tosca is a violent and turbulent story that exposes the kind of raw emotional content that defines verismo, the style that urges opera to connect completely to credible, real life situations. From the explosive energy of the opening chords to the intense scene of sexual assault between Scarpia and Tosca, it is as if Puccini churned the earth to reveal a menacing sound that no one had ever before witnessed in musical history. In these modern times we are particularly aware of the abuses of power that stain our society. It is perhaps for this most obvious reason that we still look at Tosca as a comment on the human condition, and not a mere relic of the past. To perform Tosca is to tell the story of an artist fighting for her life and dignity.
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