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Tosca – celebrating a taste of Rome

April 2, 2012

This spring, the Scottish National Gallery celebrates the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and subject of many works within the National Collection.

A Little Bit of…Tosca
Scottish National Gallery
Saturday 19 May

2.30pm in the Gallery
Scottish Opera will bring ‘a little bit of Tosca’ to the Scottish National Gallery. Puccini’s famous opera set in Rome has been cleverly re-written into a lively 20-minute version that will be performed, fittingly, in front of David Roberts’ magnificent panoramic painting of the Italian capital.

Based on a form of Japanese storytelling, the stories unfold to a series of colourful illustrations, brought to life by a storyteller, singer and two players. After this Gallery performance, Dr Patricia Andrew will deliver a short talk on David Roberts’ painting.

4pm in The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant
There will be a second performance at 4pm in The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant, enabling visitors to enjoy the opera over a Gardens Afternoon Tea (£14.95) or a Cream Tea (£5.75).

Book a table to avoid disappointment!

For reservations contact or call 0131 226 6524.

‘A Little Bit of Tosca’ is part of the Festival of Museums.
For more details of this Festival, visit

Rome Menu
Set menu available from noon until 5pm Monday to Saturday

Insalata di Zucchine
Warm salad of courgettes, dressed with Amalfi lemon, pine kernels, Pecorino Romano and extra virgin olive oil.

Maiale alla Griglia con Carciofi
Peelham farm pork chop marinated with rosemary and char grilled. Served with fresh artichokes marinated
with fresh mint and a little garlic.

Frutta Fresca con Sorbetto
Seasonal Italian fresh fruit platter with fresh berry sorbet

2 courses £14.95
3 courses £18.95

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