Puccini

Tosca

REVIVAL OF THE 1980 PRODUCTION
Supported by The Scottish Opera Syndicate

1940s' Rome, in the shadow of Mussolini's tyrannical rule...

Floria Tosca – a smart and passionate woman – attempts to free her lover from the clutches of Baron Scarpia, the lecherous, power-mad Chief of Police. As the stakes get higher she is faced with an impossible choice – will her hopes be crushed or can love win out?

Beautiful arias and rousing musical moments pepper Puccini's score, bringing Tosca's emotional extremes into sharp relief. Director Anthony Besch's shadowy setting further heightens the drama while Peter Rice's sumptuous designs provide a spectacular backdrop. 

'Scottish Opera’s Tosca is flawless, from start to finish a feast for the eyes.' The Herald

Full of crackling melodrama that grabs from the get-go, Tosca is a must-see for both newcomers and aficionados alike.

The must-see internationally renowned cast includes award-winning soprano Natalya Romaniw (Eugene Onegin 2018), tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones (Il trovatore 2015) and baritone Roland Wood (Pelléas & Mélisande 2017). Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts.

Running time approx. 2 hrs 45 mins

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Listen

Listen to a taster of the music from Tosca on Spotify.

Cast & Creative Team

Tosca
Natalya Romaniw & Sinéad Campbell-Wallace*
*18 Oct, 2, 7, 21 Nov

Cavaradossi
Gwyn Hughes Jones

Scarpia
Roland Wood

Angelotti
Dingle Yandell

Spoletta
Aled Hall

Sacristan
Paul Carey Jones

Sciarrone
Lancelot Nomura

Conductors
Stuart Stratford & Derek Clark*
* 31 Oct, 2 Nov

Original Director
Anthony Besch

Revival Director
Jonathan Cocker

Designer
Peter Rice

Lighting
Robert B Dickson

What the press said

 'This revival...with rising star Natalya Romaniw in the title role, packed as powerful a punch as I can remember.' ★★★★★ Bachtrack

'Natalya Romaniw steals the night...' ★★★★★ Opera Guide Scotland

'...possibly even more powerful today' ★★★★★ The List

'...Opulent staging still has plenty to say.' ★★★★ The Guardian

'A glorious spectacle.' ★★★★ The Herald

'...Visceral excitement from the get go.' ★★★★ The Scotsman 

'If (Scottish Opera) keep getting singers this good, Tosca could well have a few decades of life in it yet.' ★★★★ The Times

'Unforgettable' Society Aberdeen

Access

If you are visually impaired, you can enjoy the full opera experience with live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music. Free touch tours including the set, props and costumes are also available before the show.

Touch Tours

Glasgow
Sat 26 Oct, 6pm

Aberdeen
Sat 2 Nov, 6pm

Inverness
Sat 9 Nov, 6pm

Edinburgh
Sun 17 Nov, 1.45pm

Audio Described

Glasgow
Sat 26 Oct, 7.15pm

Aberdeen
Sat 2 Nov, 7.15pm

Inverness
Sat 9 Nov, 7.15pm

Edinburgh
Sun 17 Nov, 3pm

Dementia Friendly

Glasgow
Thu 24 Oct, 3pm

Aberdeen
Fri 1 Nov, 3pm

Edinburgh
Tue 19 Nov, 3pm

Contact the box office at your local venue to book – tickets should be booked at least two weeks in advance. Discounts available. Touch tours only available to audio-description bookers. Guide dogs welcome. Find out more.

Get Closer

Widen your opera experience with a pre-show talk, or try an hour long taster that gives you an insight into our operas and how they are created.

Opera Unwrapped

Glasgow
Mon 21 Oct, 6pm

Inverness
Fri 8 Nov, 6pm

Edinburgh
Mon 18 Nov, 6pm

Pre-show Talk

Glasgow
Sat 26 Oct, 6pm

Aberdeen
Sat 2 Nov, 6pm

Inverness
Sat 9 Nov, 6pm

Edinburgh
Sat 23 Nov, 6pm

Tickets for Opera Unwrapped are just £5. Pre-show talks are free but should be reserved by calling the box office at your chosen venue. Find out more.