Opera New Hampshire will present the Puccini opera Tosca at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., on Friday, October 14 at 7 pm.
The opera debuted in Rome on January 14, 1900 and is based on a French play by Victorien Sardou. It takes place in the Kingdom of Naples in 1800, during Napolean’s Invasion of Italy.
Angelotti, an escaped political prisoner, takes refuge in a side chapel of the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle in Rome. An elderly sacristan comes to tidy up, followed by Cavaradossi, a painter, who is at work on a portrait of the Madonna. Cavaradossi compares his Madonna’s blonde-haired, blue-eyed charm with the dark beauty of his lover, the famous singer Floria Tosca (“Recondita armonia”). Angelotti emerges from hiding to find Cavaradossi, his political ally, who promises to help his friend escape from Rome. Angelotti hides again at the sound of Tosca’s voice from outside. Tosca jealously demands to know why the door was locked. Cavaradossi reassures her, and they join in a passion ate duet (“Non la sospiri”).
Tickets are $42.50 to $72.50.