“The entrance of Scarpia may be one of the most dramatic musical moments in all of opera. With Scarpia, Puccini allows the baritone voice to explore the fullest range of colors and timbres. Act two could stand alone as a masterpiece! Every time I perform the role of Scarpia, I can feel the music of his first entrance, and this power literally propels me across the stage.”
Tosca is a melodrama set in Rome in June 1800. Napoleons forces are threatening to overpower Rome, causing great concern in Naples.