Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca, excitingly directed by Staffan Aspegren, with Lars Östbergh’s dramatic staircase design with the famous 58 steps and Annsofi Nyberg’s stylised costumes received a great deal of attention with both critics and audience at the 1996 premiere at the Göteborg Opera.
Magnus Haglund from GP considered it an overwhelmingly beautiful production: ‘The set design is among the most beautiful I have ever seen in an opera house.’ Carl-Gunnar Åhlén from SvD wrote that ‘It takes your breath away after only a couple of seconds’, while Martin Nyström from DN described it as ‘Imagery without parallel in any other Swedish opera house.’
‘This is a genuine crime story, not lacking a single ingredient – treachery, murder, escape, torture, suicide, hatred and love.’ Thus Staffan Aspegren described the work when directing it, stressing the importance of threes in this opera. It is a thrilling eternal triangle in three acts and with three lead roles – Tosca, the singer, Cavaradossi, the painter, and Scarpia, the chief of police; set and costumes are in three colours – black, red and white – and there are three basic elements in the work: art, love and politics.
Director: Staffan Aspegren
Set Design & Lighting: Lars Östbergh
Costumes: Annsofi Nyberg
Ann-Marie Backlund 12/4, 17/4, 25/4, 27/4, 8/5
Antje Jansen 29/4, 3/5, 10/5
Gustavo Porta 12/4, 27/4, 29/4, 10/5
Tomas Lind 17/4, 25/4, 3/5, 8/5
Krister S:t Hill 12/4, 25/4, 8/5, 10/5
Anders Lorentzson 17/4, 27/4, 29/4, 3/5,
Palle Hansen 12/4, 17/4, 25/4, 27/4
Jonas Landström 29/4, 3/5, 8/5, 10/5
Charlie T Borg
GöteborgsOperans orkester och kör
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