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Venue

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney

Language

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Running time

approximately 2 hours & 50 minutes, including 2 intervals

Please note

This production is set in Nazi-occupied Rome, and Nazi symbols, including swastikas and uniforms, are shown on stage. It also contains depictions of sexual violence that may cause distress.

Production Partner

She lived for love. On this desperate day, can she find the strength to kill for it?

Three ominous chords ring out of the orchestra pit and the mood is set. On stage, the soaring marble columns are brilliant with light, but somewhere out of sight, a shadow looms.

A runaway prisoner bursts into the chapel and the opera takes off: a gripping tale of love, lust and betrayal unfolding at breakneck pace.

Tosca has everything: a real and worldly love, an extraordinary heroine and the greatest villain in all of opera.

Puccini’s evocative music intensifies the emotion at every turn. Combined with John Bell’s thoughtful production set in Nazi-occupied Rome, the effect is “epic, absorbing and shattering” (The Sydney Morning Herald — ★★★★½).

Tosca’s dramatic music demands powerhouse performers. Sensational young conductor Andrea Battistoni leads a brilliant cast. Carmen Giannattasio makes her Opera Australia debut as Floria Tosca, a role coveted for its vast dramatic arc and show-stopping aria, ‘Vissi d’arte’. Diego Torre reprises his passionate Cavaradossi. Marco Vratogna, renowned for his villains, returns as Scarpia.

Cast & Creative

Conductor
Director
Revival Director
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Tosca
Cavaradossi
Scarpia
Angelotti
Sacristan
Spoletta
Sciarrone
Gaoler

Opera Australia Chorus & Opera Australia Orchestra

A performance of Tosca at Sydney Opera House

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…

Read the Cheat Sheet

The Story

In a beautiful church, the painter Cavaradossi is working. When an escaped prisoner bursts in, Cavaradossi risks his own life to help Angelotti hide from the Fascist police. But Cavaradossi’s lover, Tosca, overhears him talking and becomes jealous. In spite of Cavaradossi’s ardent assurances of love, it is easy for the chief of police, Scarpia to fan the flames of her jealousy. He wants Tosca for himself.

Scarpia arrests Cavaradossi on suspicion of aiding Angelotti, and as he is tortured, Tosca is made to listen to his cries. She has a fateful choice before her: give into the hateful Scarpia’s lascivious demands and save her lover’s life, or save her honour and kill Cavaradossi. In that terrible moment, Tosca makes a choice, and the consequences play out in a heart-rending Act III.

She lived for love. On this desperate day, can she find the strength to kill for it?

Not afraid of spoilers? Read the full synopsis

Tosca at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

Tosca at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

Tosca at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

Tosca at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

Tosca at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

Tosca at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

Tosca at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

Tosca at Sydney Opera House (2021)

Photo: Prudence Upton

Enjoy dinner before the opera

Overture Dining at Sydney Opera House

Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre. You’ll be served a themed three-course menu for just $75.

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