Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece Toska returns to the stage of the Latvian National Opera. In the production of the director Dmitry Bertman the passion between opera diva Toska and artist Cavaradossi resonates in the gorgeous interiors of Rome. Luxurious premises have become also a background for the peripetias and denouement of the relationship between Toska and Baron Scarpia, the chief of the secret police, that culminates in Toska’s subconscios in the last act.
Sant' Andrea della Valle
Cesare Angelotti, the consul of the fallen Republic of Rome and a political prisoner, has escaped and is hiding in the church of Sant' Andrea della Valle. Mario Cavaradossi, an artist working on the painting, enters the chapel. Angelotti, recognizing his fellow liberal, ventures out. Cavaradossi promises to help his friend to flee Rome. Angelotti hides back into the chapel as he hears Floria Tosca, a celebrated opera singer and Cavaradossi’s beloved woman, approaching. She jealously and suspiciously questions why the beloved has locked himself in. Cavaradossi attempts to reassure her that there is no reason for jealousy.
When Tosca has left, Angelotti ventures out again and together with Cavardossi they make the plans for escape. A cannon from the Castel Sant'Angelo signals that the police have discovered the escape of Angelotti. The friends flee, before the Sacristan, who has received the message from the battle fields, appears. Rumor has it that Napoléon Bonaparte has been defeated and it is time to prepare the celebration in honor of the victory of Italian monarchists.
Baron Scarpia, chief of the secret police and the man the entire Rome is afraid of, enters the church in search of Angelotti.
Tosca comes back looking for Cavaradossi. Scarpia attempts to foment her jealous suspicions in order to obtain some information on Angelotti. As she leaves the church in search for the beloved Cavaradossi, Scarpia has the diva trailed. Scarpia, who has long been coveting Tosca, decides to take advantage of the situation in order to get her in his power and get rid of the rival.
Scarpia awaits the news on Angelotti’s capture and is thinking about Tosca. Instead of Angelotti, Cavaradossi is brought to him. Scarpia is interrogating the painter, but all in vain. Scarpia invites Tosca to come over and makes her listen to the screams of tortured Cavaradossi. Unable to endure, she reveals Angelotti's hiding place. The jaded Cavaradossi is carried in. He curses Tosca’s discouragement.
Unexpected news is made known, announcing that monarchists have suffered defeat. Cavaradossi does not hide his delight. Enraged Scarpia orders to bring the painter to the prison and execute him at the dawn.
Tosca wishes to know the price for the freedom of her beloved. Scrapia has no interest in money – all he wants is Tosca herself. She is begging for mercy, but all in vain. Scarpia’s henchman Spoletta arrives, announcing that, when faced with capture, Angelotti has killed himself. In despair, Tosca agrees to Scarpia's proposition, on a condition that on the following day she will be able to leave Rome together with her beloved Cavaradossi. Scarpia promises her that he will order an execution to be performed with empty shells. At the time Scarpia prepares a note of safe-conduct for Tosca and Cavaradossi, the singer notices a knife, grabs it and hides behind her back. When the passionate Scarpia embraces her, she stabs the tyrant with a knife. Scarpia falls lifeless. After wrenching the note from his fingers, Tosca leaves the room.
Cavaradossi is led to the roof of Castel Sant'Angelo prison. He writes a farewell note to his beloved Tosca. Suddenly Tosca arrives and tells the story of the recent events at the Scarpia’s room. The singer together with Cavaradossi dreams about the future ahead of them. Soldiers arrive. Tosca is watching the execution, convinced that it is all just a show. Soldiers fire, Cavaradossi falls. After a while, Tosca realizes that Scarpia has betrayed her. The painter is dead. The alarmed voices of police officers are heard – Scarpia’s body has been found. Spoletta rushes in to arrest Tosca, but she chooses the death in freedom, by taking a leap from the battlements of Castel Sant'Angelo.