SUPERSTAR soprano Anna Netrebko returns in the title role as the explosive diva in Puccini’s best-loved operatic thriller.

The Met Opera presents Tosca, a tragic tale of passion, murder, lust and love, set against a famously romantic score.

Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s evocative production, with tenor Brian Jagde as Tosca’s impassioned lover, Cavaradossi, and baritone Michael Volle as the sinister Scarpia.

Puccini’s melodrama is about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist.

Tosca takes place in Rome during the Napoleonic wars on the morning of June 17, 1800, through dawn the following day with specific settings for each act - the Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle, Palazzo Farnese, and Castel Sant’Angelo.

The score of Tosca itself is considered a prime example of the style of verismo, an elusive term usually translated as “realism.”

The lighting designer for the show is David Finn, set and costume design is down to John Macfarlane and the movement director is Leah Hausman.

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924), the creator of Tosca, was immensely popular in his own lifetime, and his mature works remain staples in the repertory of most of the world’s opera companies. His operas are celebrated for their detail, sensitivity to everyday subjects, copious melody, and economy of expression.

This performance is a screening recorded live from The Met Opera.

Tosca will be screened at The McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater on Wednesday, April 15 at 5:55pm. Tickets cost £16. To book visit, or call 01278 556677.