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.
  • Tear Jerker: Vissi d'arte. Vissi d'amore.
  • 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!
    • It's understandable that Tosca REALLY doesn't want to sleep with Scarpia, but her stabbing him doesn't help the situation in the slightest. If Scarpia had kept his word and Cavaradossi was spared, how far do you want to bet they'd get before Tosca was hunted down for murder?