Tosca's Prism: Three Moments in Western Cultural History
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 of perspectives.


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.

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La Tosca

A translation of the play, La Tosca, by Deborah Burton is available online:

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