Puccini's Tosca

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Love, lust and politics collide in Puccini’s Tosca, the subject of this week’s broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera. Set in Rome at the time of Napoleon’s advance on the city, the opera is one of the most beloved around.

As a thank you for supporting our fall membership drive, WQXR presents a special archival performance in the much-talked-about production by director Luc Bondy.

Met regular, soprano Patricia Racette, sings the fiery title role, tenor Jonas Kaufman is her lover, Cavaradossi, and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel is the lusty and evil Scarpia. Fabio Luisi conducts this 2010 performance.