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25 Jun 2024

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29 Jun 2024

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02 Jul 2024

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06 Jul 2024

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10 Jul 2024

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13 Jul 2024

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18 Jul 2024

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27 Jul 2024

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31 Jul 2024

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03 Aug 2024

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07 Aug 2024

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10 Aug 2024

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12 Aug 2024

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14 Aug 2024

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16 Aug 2024
Venue

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including two intervals.

Language

Performed in Italian with English surtitles.

Please note

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

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.

The action turns on a trio of brilliant performers, so we’ve found singers you don’t want to miss: Tosca is played by both Giselle Allen, who originated the role in this production to great acclaim, and audience favourite Karah Son. International tenor Young Woo Kim sings Cavaradossi. And we have two imposing Scarpias: Armenian baritone Gevorg Hakobyan and homegrown star Warwick Fyfe.

“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

Trailer


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…

Read the Cheat Sheet
Overture Dining at the Sydney Opera House

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Overture Dining at Sydney Opera House

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Cast & Creative

Conductor
Johannes Fritzsch (Jun 25–Jul 18)
Tahu Matheson (Jul 27–Aug 16)
Director
Edward Dick
Set Designer
Tom Scutt
Costume Designer
Fotini Dimou
Lighting Designer
Lee Curran
Choreographer
Maxine Braham
Tosca
Giselle Allen (Jun 25–Jul 18)
Karah Son (Jul 27–Aug 16)
Cavaradossi
Scarpia
Gevorg Hakobyan (Jun 25–Jul 27)
Warwick Fyfe (Jul 31–Aug 16)
Spoletta
Sciarrone
Angelotti
Sacristan
Gaoler

Opera Australia Orchestra
Opera Australia Chorus