G. Puccini: Tosca

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Conductor Valery Gergiev

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In times when a new cell phone model replaces the old one every five years, cultural historians take pleasure in exploring influences of the past. Like how the Russian singing school still draws from the verismo tradition, from the times when Giacomo Puccini traveled to St. Petersburg to conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra. And conductor Valery Gergiev is a unique kind of cultural historian. He successfully opened up his Russian orchestra to the non-Russian repertoire, but without simply adopting things; instead, he searched for side paths in the nation’s own past – and found a Russian history of Italian verismo, a native Puccini tradition. For years, the Festspielhaus has accompanied him as a Western European partner. Fully embracing our role as a bridge between Russia and Germany, we can say once again: raise the curtains! For this magnificent St. Petersburg Tosca production.

Photo that shows Tosca By Natasha Razina ┬® State Academic Mariinsky Theatre 1. © Valentin Baranovsky
© Valentin Baranovsky


Opera by Giacomo Puccini Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa after the play of the same name by Victorien Sardou

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