Tosca's Prism: Three Moments in Western Cultural
by Deborah Burton, Susan Vandiver Nicassio, Agostino Ziino
Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, which premiered in Rome in 1900, is one
of the most popular operas in the repertory. Based on Victorien
Sardou's play La Tosca, the enduring tale of love, lust, jealousy,
and politics takes place in the specific setting and time of the
Eternal City in June 1800, and draws on the historical events
following the fall of the Roman republic.
In this extraordinary collection, distinguished musicologists,
historians, theater professionals, and luminaries of the operatic
stage reflect on three diverse moments of European history—1800,
1900, 2000—through the refracting prism of Puccini's Tosca,
providing multidimensional images of each period from a wide range
About the Authors
Deborah Burton is
Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Boston University.
Susan Vandiver Nicassio is Associate Professor of
History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the author
of Tosca's Rome: The Play and the Opera in Historical Perspective.
Agostino Ziino is Professor of Music History at the University of
Rome "Tor Vergata". The late Julian Budden was President of the Centro Studi
Giacomo Puccini in Lucca and the author of Puccini: His Life and
Works. Simonetta Puccini is President of the Istituto di Studi
Pucciani in Milan.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the world premiere of Fanciulla del West, Puccini's opera of the American West
Includes interviews, museum pages, info about upcoming events
A translation of the play, La Tosca, by Deborah Burton is available online: