The plot of Puccini’s opera, TOSCA, has as its background the Battle of Marengo in the Piedmont area of Italy when the French First Consul, Napoleon Bonaparte, routes the Austrian army near Marengo on 14 June, 1800.
Earlier in June of the same year, the short-lived Roman Republic had been reclaimed by the Papal States under Pope Pius VII. Bonaparte’s unexpected victory; a threat to the newly restored Papal State, is the catalyst for the drama that unfolds in Puccini’s operatic thriller!
In TOSCA, the Consul of the fallen Roman Republic is a character named, Angelotti. At the start of Puccini’s opera, Angelotti has escaped from the papal prison, Castel Sant’Angelo. His intended capture will be under the command of the head of the Roman Secret Police – the villainous and murderous, Baron Scarpia. But Angelotti is in hiding. Where can he be?
In our forthcoming 3D game-world, you will be immersed into Rome 1800 to reveal its spellbinding history across the ages. During your journey to locate Angelotti’s hiding place, you will encounter special features about Puccini’s operatic thriller leading up to the Australian Discovery Orchestra’s August 27th concert performance of TOSCA.