Fans of traditional Italian opera are in for a treat as a performance of Tosca is being broadcast on widescreen in the Canary Wharf area tomorrow, according to local newspaper Docklands & East London Advertiser, which covers the borough of Tower Hamlets.
The opera is being performed live at the Royal Opera House in central London’s prestigious Covent Garden district and will be relayed to giant screens set up at Canada Square Park as part of the nationwide BP Big Screen events, which consists of free summertime screenings of the Royal Opera House’s best performances.
The three-act opera, which has been described as “a heartwrenching tale of passionate love, jealousy, murder and suicide” by an Advertiser journalist, is set against the backdrop of a turbulent Rome in 1800. It is being compered by renowned British broadcaster and keen gardener Alan Titchmarsh. Television presenter and stand-up comedian Kirsten O’Brien will be entertaining the crowds, helping to make the centuries-old vocal art form a more popular choice for those seeking the perfect summer entertainment in cultural food for the senses.
The ROH’s version of Tosca will feature Martina Serafin as the tragic Tosca and Aleksandrs Antonenko as her lover Cavaradossi, with Scott Hendricks as the villain Baron Scarpia, a Roman police chief who plots their destruction. The performance is being produced by Jonathan Kent.
Tosca was originally written by Giacomo Puccini and was based on an earlier French dramatic play. Established as a melodramatic piece, through-composed and charged with emotion, Tosca first premiered at Rome’s Teatro Costanzi in January 1900, and has since proved highly regarded by opera fans. It is performed solely in Italian, as is with most operatic pieces.
The relayed performance will take place at Canada Square Park tomorrow (Thursday 18th July) at 7.30pm. Visitors can reach the park via the closest tube station, Canary Wharf, which is on the Jubilee Line (LT Travelcard Zone 2). A special pre-performance screening starts at 7:00 pm and entrance is free.
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