The spectacular surroundings of the magnificent Roman amphitheatre in Verona provide a suitably dramatic setting for these three operas by Puccini.
Tosca, one of Puccini’s best-loved works, is a story of idealistic young love, of lust and crime was written when the composer was bidding farewell to young manhood, with melodic style and rousing passion. This production features the outstanding performances of Eva Marton in the title role, with Ingvar Wixell as a superbly wicked Scarpia and Giacomo Aragall as the ill-fated Cavaradossi.
The legend of the beautiful, but icy, Princess Turandot is the basis for the last of Puccini’s operas – which, in fact, he did not live to complete. The great open-air Arena at Verona is ideally suited to the spectacular chorus scenes which constitute such a significant part of this opera. The title role is taken by the Bulgarian soprano Ghena Dimitrova, with Nicola Martinucci as the unknown Prince Calaf, Cecilia Gasdia as the slave-girl Liù and Ivo Vinco as Timur.
Madama Butterfly’s themes of love and heartbreak are common in almost every human experience and its plethora of beautiful melodies make it immediately attractive to audiences everywhere. This superb Verona production is memorable both visually and musically, and brilliantly evokes the opera\'s Japanese setting. Raina Kabaivanska as the tragic heroine and Nazzareno Antinori as her American husband Pinkerton, who deserts her, give performances that capture the profound but elegant drama of the work.