Insight Series

Exploring Puccini’s Veristic Tosca
Saturday, October 5, 2019 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 308
Reservation required – only 80 seats available! Click here to register.

Join Guest Artistic Director, Maestro Craig Kier as he explores the long journey Tosca took from Victorien Sardou’s La Tosca to Giacomo Puccini’s beloved opera. On the heels of the success of La Bohème, the expectation for another triumph by Puccini was expected by his fans and doubted by his skeptics. We’ll explore the drama on and off the stage which led to the premiere and examine the music of this great masterpiece of the canon.


Napoleon Complex: Untangling the Politics of Tosca
Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 308
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Among the most beloved operas in the repertoire, Tosca boasts some of Puccini’s most inspired and passionate music. Legendary voices have brought its vibrant characters (the diva Tosca, her artist lover Cavaradossi, villainous police chief Scarpia) to life, inspiring fanatical devotion among “Toscaholics.” But the essential–and tangled–political background of this universal story of jealousy, revolutionary commitment and selfless love can seem confusing. In his talk, Harlow Robinson explores how Tosca reflects the Roman political environment of 1800, particularly the role of an influential offstage player: Napoleon. The bloody struggle between Napoleon’s Republican supporters (including Cavaradossi) and the Royalists, his monarchist opponents (such as Scarpia), propels the opera’s romantic/sexual conflict. At its center stands the politically naïve Tosca, forced to choose sides and take drastic measures to survive and protect her lover.

Pre-Performance Talk: The Tosca Triangles
Friday, November 1, 2019 | 6:15 PM & Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 1: 45 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 308
Reservation required – only 80 seats available!
Click here to register for November 1. Click here to register for November 3.

Opera authority and Annapolis Opera Advisory Board member Nancie Kennedy explores the drama of Giocomo Puccini’s Tosca by applying the journalistic questions: who, what, where, when and why? The opera was first performed in 1900 but has been relevant throughout the war-torn century that followed. Join Nancie as she illuminates the triangle at the foundation of this perennial favorite, and uncovers the sources of its continuing popularity.