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Living in the nineteenth century was not easy especially for the people living in the city of Rome at the time The opera by Giacomo Puccini takes place in the city of Rome where at the time was unstable Giacomo Puccini was a descendant of a family of musicians he is considered to be the most important Italian opera composer in the generation after Verdi Tosca is an opera that deals with the love of a singer for the painter Cavaradossi Cavaradossi gets involved with revolutionary activities and is questioned and tortured by Scarpia the chief of police Scarpia is a ruthless man that after seeing Tosca wants her for himself and will do anything to get his way After sending to have Toscas lover Cavaradossi executed Scarpia tells Tosca that the only way that she can save him is that if she gives in to him Tosca is a strong believer that she belongs to the man she loves she plays his games after she asks him to write a safe passage note for her and her lover Tosca then murders Scarpia and hurries to tell her lover the good news Cavaradossi execution was only supposed to be pretended but he is really killed at the same time the body of Scarpia is found and they go after Tosca In the final act Tosca leaps to her death when she has nothing to loose because her dear Cavaradossi is dead Much of what Puccini includes in the opera is related to the time at which this great work was created In the opera Puccinis Tosca realism represents the some of the realities of life in the 19th century romanticism expresses the strong emotions of love and sense of religion that the characters had neo-classicism expresses political and historical references Realism represents the realities that the people of Italy were living in at the time when Puccini wrote Tosca The reality is that that
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