Floria Tosca and Mario Cavaradossi are in love and all they want is to be left alone. Baron Scarpia, however, wants Floria for his physical needs. He arrests Mario for aiding a fugitive and tells Tosca she can save him by giving herself to him. She agrees, but the kiss he has so longed for is the fatal kiss of a knife blade. He had promised to set up a false execution for Mario, but the treachery of Scarpia is revealed as Mario is killed. Tosca vows to meet Scarpia in front of God as she leaps over the side of the building to her death.

 

 
 

Bishop/Soldier

 

by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa
based on the play La Tosca by
Victorien Sardou

Premiered: Teatro Costanzi in Rome
January 14, 1900