Opera singer Floria Tosca is used to being centre-stage. But when her lover, Cavaradossi, is arrested by Baron Scarpia, Chief of Police, she finds herself in a real-life drama with no escape – unless she yields to Scarpia’s desires.
Jonathan Kent’s classic staging conjures all the beauty and bloodshed of 19th-century Rome, while Puccini’s music (featuring Cavaradossi’s aria, ‘Recondita armonia’ and Tosca’s poignant lament, ‘Vissi d’arte’), transports us inside the conflicted souls of its characters. Malin Byström shares the title role with British soprano Natalya Romaniw, who makes her House debut, conducted by Daniel Oren.
Macbeth is victorious as he fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives him and his wife to horrific acts.
Murder makes Macbeth king, with intrigue and butchery the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.
The performance lasts about 3 hours 5 minutes, including one interval.