Catherine Malfitano, whose "Tosca" is about to open at English National Opera, spoke to the Guardian about a bunch of Tosca-related things:
Franco Zefirelli suggested Tosca discovers a desire for Scarpia that so horrifies her, she has to kill him in order to destroy it. Malfitano laughs uproariously: "That is such a male fantasy! It's that outdated way of looking at women as if they had these wild, insatiable sexual tendencies. That hysteria – that's such a cliche."