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Tosca [1] is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) [2] to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica [3] and Giuseppe Giacosa [4]. It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on 14 January 1900.

The original text

The opera is based on a 1887 French melodramatic play La Tosca [5], set in Rome in 1800, and written by French playwright Victorien Sardou (1831-1908) [6]

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Performance history in South Africa

1971: Staged by PACT in the Aula in Pretoria and the Civic Theatre in Johannesburg, with the PACT Orchestra conducted by Leo Quayle, directed by Neels Hansen, with Marie Collier/Marcella Reale (Floria Tosca), Tito Gobbi (Baron Scarpia), Giovanni Gibin (Mario Cavaradossi), Kenneth Francis (Cesare Angelotti), Jaco van der Merwe (A Sacristan), George Kok (Spoletta), Ian Donald (Sciarrone), Peter Dijkstra (Gaoler) and the PACT Chorus, with choir master Neil Chapman. Decor by Anthony Farmer and costumes by Patricia Slavin.



PACT theatre programme, 1971.

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