Roland Wood as Scarpia in Tosca. Scottish Opera 2019. Credit James Glossop..JPG

Baritone Roland Wood on playing Tosca's notorious villian, Scarpia

Director Anthony Besch’s powerful production of Puccini’s operatic thriller Tosca received no fewer than its ninth revival at Scottish Opera last Autumn. The opera was famously dubbed a ‘shabby little shocker’ by critic Joseph Kerman, partly because of the appalling actions of sadistic chief of police Baron Scarpia, sung by baritone Roland Wood in last October’s staging. We caught up with Roland, as he looks back on the pleasures of singing a villain.