Night at the opera
Torture, murder and suicide – you can find it all in Puccini's opera Tosca, which was first enjoyed by audiences in January 1900. It's based on Victorien Sardou's 1887 French-language play, La Tosca.
Melodramatic in nature, it's set in Rome in June 1800, when the Kingdom of Naples' control of Rome was threatened by Napoleon's invasion of Italy. Featuring some of Puccini's best-known lyrical arias, it brings to life the battle between the ruling power and the intruder.
The Travel Department has organised an opera holiday to Berlin for a performance of Puccini's Tosca on May 20 – which will see opera lovers spend three nights in Berlin and will include a guided tour of the city. Popular TV and radio presenter and opera lover Marty Whelan, above, will host a pre-performance drinks reception and give an introduction to Tosca. The RTE Lyric fm show Marty in the Morning will also be broadcast live from Berlin during the opera break.
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