Wysocka Directs Puccini’s TOSCA
A Video Screening and Discussion with Cornell Professor Barbara Wysocka
Friday, March 20, 2020
7 pm screening
9:15 pm discussion with Prof. Barbara Wysocka (Dept of Theater) and Prof. Barbara Milewski (Dept of Music), moderated by Prof. Allen Kuharski (Dept of Theater)
Free and open to the public without advance reservation
The Department of Theater and the Department of Music & Dance present
A recording of the critically-acclaimed 2019 production of Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece directed by Barbara Wysocka for the Polish National Opera in Warsaw, distributed by the Opera Vision streaming service. Performed in Italian with English subtitles.
Puccini’s Tosca is an opera singer who lives only for art and love. But when she finds herself caught in a web of politics, corruption, lies and lust, she is forced to make an impossible choice. Wysocka shifts the drama from 1800 to 1970s Rome, a time of escalating political violence, street clashes between rightists, leftists and riot police, bomb attacks, unexplained murders and kidnappings for ransom.
Barbara Wysocka is an award-winning Polish actor and director for both theater and opera. She works widely in Poland and internationally, including directing for major opera and theater companies in Europe. Wysocka co-authored and performed in Chopin Without Piano, which was performed in Swarthmore, Philadelphia, and Boston in 2015. She is in residence at Swarthmore for the 2019-20 academic year as a Cornell distinguished international visiting professor.