Classical Notes

A new Tosca, like 007, is licensed to thrill

Puccini’s opera has divided opinion since its creation in 1900, but a new production at Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is likely to be a feast for the senses

Sinéad Campbell Wallace takes the lead role in Puccini’s Tosca at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin

Some years ago, I told a colleague I was going to see a production of Tosca in Dublin and looking forward to it immensely. “That’s a bit like going to a James Bond movie, isn’t it?” he replied. I didn’t think too much about this, but then realised 007 had similarly exciting problems, including corrupt cops, dangerous women and breakneck scenarios at every twist of the plot.

Now I discover that as far back as ...