Act I of the Opera by Puccini
The action of Tosca takes place in Rome at the time of the Napoleonic wars. The scene of Act I is the inside of a church.
Cavaradossi, an artist, is painting a Madonna. As soon as he is alone, an escaped prisoner comes out of a chapel near at hand and asks for help. Cavaradossi recognises him as his friend Angelotti, and furthers his escape. No sooner has he gone than the voice of Tosca is heard. She and Cavaradossi are in love, and Tosca, having heard voices, and suspecting an assignation, is jealous. Cavaradossi dispels her doubts.
Now Scarp ia, chief of police, enters in search of Angelotti, who has been traced to this church. He suspects Cavaradossi of having aided the prisoner and, being himself in love with Tosca, decides to order the arrest of the painter and thus be rid of a rival.
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