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Performance Dates & Time

May 24, 25, 28, 29, 30 at 7:30pm
May 26 at 1:00pm


Margaret Court Arena
Olympic Blvd, Melbourne

Running time

Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including two intervals.


Performed in Italian with English surtitles.

Please note

This production contains depictions of violence, including violence against women, murder and suicide.

Supporting Partner

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Tosca is an Opera North production.

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Love. Jealousy. Betrayal.

“Ah! Tosca.” Scarpia growls it, lust in his voice, danger in his eyes. Tosca thinks of her lover, his captive. How far will she go to save him?

Opera’s greatest thriller is a taut tale of passion and betrayal, taking place over just 24 hours in Rome. Renowned prima donna Tosca is in love with Cavaradossi, a painter and revolutionary. When the sadistic Chief of Police Scarpia tries to crush them, our heroine finds the strength to do the unspeakable.

Puccini’s music is sensational: from the overpowering choral power of the famous Te Deum, Tosca’s ode to art ‘Vissi d’arte’ and the haunting tenor showpiece ‘E lucevan le stelle’ as Cavaradossi faces death.

When the final note rings into silence, and you pick your jaw up off the floor, you’ll feel an extraordinary emotional release.

In this acclaimed, five-star production from Opera North, director Edward Dick writes the tension large upon the stage. A stunning renaissance fresco colours a gilded dome hanging over the performers. Dramatic, stadium-style lights by Lee Curran put a razor focus on the unfolding action, revealing beauty and menace in turn.

Tosca is the perfect first taste of opera, and one opera lovers return to again and again, to experience how music can bring great stories to emotional highs. Tosca has it all: romance, action and an unforgettable ending.

Performed in the Margaret Court Arena with all the drama and scale of an epic theatrical experience, this will be very special night at the opera.

The action turns on a trio of brilliant performers, so we’ve found singers you don’t want to miss: Opera Australia audience favourite Karah Son shares the heroic title role with British star Nadine Benjamin. Diego Torre returns to our stage as Cavaradossi, along with Young Woo Kim, making his Australian debut in the role. And we have two formidable Scarpias: Helpmann Award-winning baritone Warwick Fyfe and English singer Robert Hayward.

“An unforgettable operatic experience ★★★★★”

The Stage

“A corker of a show… staged imaginatively and cogently ★★★★★”

The Times

“Drama to hit you in the gut ★★★★★”

The Independent


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Tosca at Margaret Court Arena

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Tosca at Margaret Court Arena

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Tosca at Margaret Court Arena

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Tosca at Margaret Court Arena

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Tosca at Margaret Court Arena

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Tosca at Margaret Court Arena

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Frequently Asked Questions

Opera North’s production of Puccini’s Tosca Mykhailo Malafii as Cavaradossi and Giselle Allen as Tosca

Cheat Sheet: Tosca

Everything you need to know about Puccini’s blood-soaked, lustful melodrama.

What happens in the story? Who was the composer? What should I expect from the music? Here’s everything you need to know…

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Opera North’s production of Puccini’s Tosca Robert Hayward as Scarpia and the Chorus of Opera North

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Casts & Creatives

Edward Dick
Tom Scutt
Fotini Dimou
Lee Curran
Maxine Braham
Karah Son (May 24, 26 & 29)
Nadine Benjamin MBE (May 25, 28 & 30)
Diego Torre (May 24, 26 & 29)
Young Woo Kim (May 25, 28 & 30)
Robert Hayward (May 24, 26 & 29)
Warwick Fyfe (May 25, 28 & 30)

Opera Australia Chorus