A stripped-down production of Puccini's Tosca is an ideal introduction for newcomers to opera.
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Lust traverses time. In Tosca, written by Giacomo Puccini in the late 1800s and playing next week through the Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT), an Italian diva is thrust between her lover and the crooked, Machiavellian police chief who can’t have her. The police chief, Baron Scarpia, is omnipotent in Italy, and stops at nothing to get what he wants. Once he learns that Tosca’s lover has protected an escaped political prisoner, Scarpia sees this as a way of manipulating Tosca into bed with him. Yadda yadda yadda, death happens.