Cheap Tosca Tickets at The Royal Opera House
From its famous, dissonant opening chords, Tosca conjures up a world of political instability and menace. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was an instant hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas.
The painter Mario Cavaradossi agrees to help the fugitive Angelotti escape – and so attracts the attention of Scarpia, the sadistic Chief of Police. Scarpia captures Cavaradossi and has him tortured within earshot of his lover Tosca.
Tosca reveals Angelotti’s hiding place. Scarpia sentences Cavaradossi to death – but promises Tosca that the firing squad will fire blanks if she gives herself to him. Tosca secures her and Cavaradossi’s safe passage, and stabs Scarpia. She rushes to Cavaradossi on the ramparts of the Castello Sant’Angeli. He faces the firing squad and dies – Scarpia lied. Tosca throws herself off the ramparts.
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Royal Opera House Seat Plan
Choose your seats from the plan of the Royal Opera House above. If you're making your first visit to a theatre or you're simply unsure about where you'd most like to be seated, here's a quick guide to help you choose:
The Stalls are level with and closest to the stage. The Dress Circle (or simply the Circle) is the level of seating above the Stalls. The Upper Circle or Grand Circle is above the Dress Circle. The Balcony, above the Upper Circle, is the highest level of seating.
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is situated on Bow Street in the heart of London, close to Covent Garden tube station.
The first building to be constructed on the present site was called the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden and was erected in 1732 with the money made from an 18th century production of The Beggar’s Opera.
This building was awarded a theatrical patent from the King, which was particularly sought after at the time as the patent allowed drama to be performed. The only other theatre given this power was the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
The building also gained fame thanks to the composer Handel, who favoured the theatre and premiered much of his music here during the 1700s.
But, like any long-serving institution, its fortunes have varied over the years. Fires in 1808 and 1856 led to the building being entirely rebuilt twice, and in 1843 the theatre lost its exclusive drama rights, forcing it to rename itself the Royal Italian Opera. Following the popularity of its change to opera, the building was named the Royal Opera House in the late 1890s and began staging operas from all over Europe.
The 2268 seat building that stands today was designed by Sir Edward M. Barry. It was built by Frederick Gye in just six months and originally opened in May 1858 with a production of Les Huguenots by Meyerbeer.
After World War II, the Sadler’s Wells Ballet company moved to Covent Garden to join the Opera Company. United under one roof, they were renamed the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera respectively.
Among the countless notable shows to have graced this venerable stage during its long history are the premieres of William Congreve's The Way of the World, Gioachino Rossini's Semiramide and George Bizet's Carmen.
Today, the Royal Opera House enjoys consistent success, attracting more than 65,0000 visitors per year. It has a unique reputation for presenting classical and modern ballets and operas from the four corners of the globe. Recent successes include Robert Le Diable, Swan Lake, The Minotaur, The Nutcracker and L'elsir d'amore.
Whatever you decide to see at the Royal Opera House, we wish you an entertaining and rewarding visit.
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