In addition to its regular Thursday through Sunday evening programming, the Regina Public Library film theatre has started screening operas performed by the Royal Opera House of London. This afternoon’s offering is Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. 

Based on a French language play by Victorien Sardou, Tosca debuted in 1900. The opera is set in Rome in the year 1800, and derives it’s dramatic tension from Napoleon’s invasion of Italy which threatens the Kingdom of Naples’ hold on the Eternal City.

The performance screens at 2 p.m. today, and tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors and $10 students. Two other operas are on the RPL schedule. May 24-25 the Royal Opera is performing Verdi’s Les Vepres Sicilennes, then on June 14-15 Bizet’s Carmen will be performed.

To give you a sense of what Tosca is like here’s an eight minute excerpt from a 2010 performance  at the Munich Opera Festival: