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YMMV: Tosca

  • Adaptation Displacement: Puccini's opera has displaced the play (by Victorien Sardou) that it was based on.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: When Tosca appears in act 3 claiming that Cavaradossi's been pardoned, does he believe her or not?
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: the whole opera, especially the last ten minutes.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Many portrayals of Scarpia.
  • Foe Yay: Happens sometimes between Tosca and Scarpia, especially if the latter is a tall, handsome Badass Baritone. In fact, Maria Callas, one of the most famous Toscas, talked about how her character is attracted to Scarpia despite herself.
    • Franco Zefirelli came to the same conclusion, as shown in his 1985 interview concerning the MET Tosca.
  • What an Idiot: Cavaradossi hasn't said anything the torture room but when he's brought back, he sings something like: "Down with the tyrants!" right into Scarpia's face. Nice job, Mario, now Scarpia has all evidence he needs to have you executed for treason!


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