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· Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) [ Tosca ] Act 2, Tosca 's aria... " Vissi d'arte , vissi d'amore" Covent Garden, 1964
Cavaradossi is brought up from his cell, prepared for his execution. Tosca soon arrives, tells Mario of Scarpia’s deserved end and instructs him on how he must conduct himself during the mock execution. The “execution” takes place; then, with a cry of anguish, Tosca finds that Scarpia had tricked her; Cavaradossi is indeed dead. Distant shouts tell her that Scarpia’s murder has been discovered. The soldiers rush onto the platform to arrest her, but she climbs onto the battlement and casts herself over the parapet to her death.
Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation, with music by Joby Talbot.
Italy had long been divided into a number of small states, with the Pope in Rome ruling the Papal States in central Italy. Following the French Revolution , a French army under Napoleon invaded Italy in 1796, entering Rome almost unopposed on 11 February 1798 and establishing a republic there.  This republic was ruled by seven consuls ; in the opera this is the office formerly held by Angelotti, whose character may be based on the real-life consul Libero Angelucci.  In September 1799 the French, who had protected the republic, withdrew from Rome.  As they left, troops of the Kingdom of Naples occupied the city. 
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Performances at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin - March 2018
The Mikhailovsky Opera of St Petersburg performs this traditional epic as the composer intended, with spectacular traditional sets and world class performances in Italian with English surtitles.
Joining them in the starring role is internationally renowned Irish soprano Celine Byrne* accompanied by The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in a truly joint Irish / Russian collaboration.
*Celine Byrne will be performing Wed 14, Fri 16 and Sun 18 March, and The Russian star Maria Litke will perform the role on Thurs 15 and Sat 17 March.
Yoncheva has previously appeared on the Metropolitan Opera stage in such roles as Mimì in La Bohème , Desdemona in Otello, Gilda in Rigoletto , and, in this past season, Violetta in La Traviata, which was filmed for Live in HD . Watch a scene below.
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