On Friday 9th January, 64 Anglo European students experienced an amazing performance of Puccini’s Tosca at the Royal Opera House in London. For many students it was their first exposure to opera and the impact of such a professional cast and orchestra was hugely positive! The production ran for well over two hours, but Tosca certainly entertained with its stunning arias, drama, outstanding orchestra and professional cast. From its strident opening chords, the opera conjured up a world of political instability and menace. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursued and tortured enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasted with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who expressed their passion for each other in sublime arias. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and the twists and turns of the plot also captured a far younger audience’s imagination last Friday.