Special Sub-Topic: Puccini's 'Tosca'
|What is the setting for 'Tosca'?|
Rome, 1800. The Napoleonic Wars were going at the time of 'Tosca', so it has to be June, 1800.
|What is the name of the escaped political prisoner who rushes to the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle to hide in the Attavanti chapel?|
Angelotti. Angelotti has aged and is not immediately recognized by Cavaradossi, his old friend.
|What is Tosca's profession?|
opera singer. Her success as an opera star has made her very vain and jealous.
|When Tosca visits Cavaradossi at the Attavanti chapel, what is he doing that makes her so jealous?|
painting a picture. Cavaradossi was painting a picture of Mary Magdalene by using Marchesa Attavanti (Angelotti's sister) as a model, making Tosca ripe with jealousy.
|Who is Baron Scarpia?|
chief of the secret police. Scarpia comes to the Attavanti chapel in search of escapee Angelotti.
|What does Scarpia show Tosca which convinces her Cavaradossi was cheating on her?|
a fan. Tosca later throws the fan at the picture of Mary Magdelena (which looks like Marchesa Attavanti) in haste.
|True or false: The lovers don't see each other once Cavaradossi is in Scarpia's hands until the end of opera when Cavaradossi is shot.|
f. Before Cavaradossi is taken away to be tortured, Tosca bursts in and pleads for mercy with Scarpia.
|Where does Tosca tell Scarpia that the escape prisoner is hiding is hiding?|
a well. Cavaradossi had earlier told Angelotti about a side hatch down a well. Cavaradossi was very surprised Tosca told Scarpia about the hiding place, being that she swore to him she would not talk.
|What battle does Napoleon win, to Scarpia's misfortune, in the middle of the play?|
Battle of Marengo. Napoleon wins the battle for the 'liberals', which Cavaradossi is one of.
|What does Cavaradossi shout out at the news of Napoleon's victory which makes Scarpia sentence him to death?|
'Victory! Victory!'. 'Vittoria! Vittoria!' gets Cavaradossi a death sentence.
|What does Scarpia want from Tosca in exchange for Cavaradossi's life?|
sex. Tosca is disgusted by Scarpia's proposition, but gives in at the last moment.
|What is the name of Scarpia's spy who he tells to shoot Cavaradossi with blanks come exectution time?|
Spoletta. Sacristan worked at the church and Sciarrone is Scarpia's guard.
|What does Tosca put by Scarpia's dead body?|
some candles. Tosca does kill Scarpia with a knife, but snatched the safe-conduct pass from his hands and then puts candles around Scarpia and a cross on his chest. Tosca goes to meet, not free, Cavaradossi because she thinks he'll be 'executed' and they could flee together.
|True or false: Cavaradossi is shot dead by the executioners, revealing that Scarpia tricked Tosca into believing it was a mock execution.|
t. Tosca proclaims that Scarpia's treachery has stayed, even in death.
|How does Tosca commit suicide?|
jumping off a castle. She flees from the guards who have discovered Scarpia dead and jumps off the catle wall (she is there because the jail Cavaradossi was in was at the top).
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