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Opera comes to the small screen with New Zealand Opera’s Tosca!

New Zealand Opera’s acclaimed 2015 production of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca will make its free-to-air television debut this Queen’s Birthday weekend.

This compelling performance of a much-loved masterpiece can be enjoyed by opera enthusiasts and those new to the medium alike.

Love, lust and political intrigue fill the world of the passionate singer Tosca (Orla Boylan). When her lover, Cavaradossi (Simon O’Neill), is imprisoned by police chief Scarpia (Phillip Rhodes), Tosca takes matters into her own hands with dramatic consequences.

Set in Italy in the 1950s, the visuals lend themselves to life shadowed by the mafia and post WWII politics.

This opera saw New Zealand’s opera superstar Simon O’Neill in his first major role at home in a decade. O’Neill, who has studied the role of Cavaradossi with Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, said Tosca features some of the greatest music ever written for a tenor.

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