Polish National Opera to Revive ‘Tosca’

By Francisco Salazar

The Polish National Opera is set to revive a production of Puccini’s “Tosca.”

The production, which is set to premiere on Jan. 14 and run through Jan. 23, will star Ewa Vesin as Tosca, Tadeusz Szlenkier as Cavaradossi, and Krzysztof Szumański as Scarpia.

Patrick Fournillier conducts the 2019 production by Barbara Wysocka who transports the story from the year 1800 to the politically-charged 1970s. According to the Wysocka, the 1970s was filled with political turmoil, abuses of power, impotence of the state, social rebellion, violence and terror seems to affect the lovers’ tragic fate, which makes the time period perfect for the work.

Vesin is an admired soprano whose repertoire includes “Halka,” “La Gioconda,” “Carmen,” “Otello,” “Don Carlos,” Il Trovatore,” and “Tannhäuser.” Meanwhile. Szlenkier has performed in “La Boheme,” “Rigoletto,” “La Traviata,” Rusalka,” “La Gioconda,” Una Ballo in Maschera,” “Maria Stuarda,” and “Madama Butterfly,” among other.