Music by Giacomo Puccini


All of Rome trembled before him. Except her.

Corruption permeates every corner of Rome under Scarpia, the chief of police. When the fiery diva Tosca finds herself the target of his lust, she takes a stand in the name of all she holds sacred—art, freedom and a boundless commitment to love. Experience Puccini’s melodrama with fresh eyes in this monumental new San Francisco Opera period production.

San Francisco Opera production premiere

Meet the Cast

Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

See a Performance

Great first opera!

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 40 minutes including two intermissions

Who Should See It

Fans of Dan Brown novels, Turandot and Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.

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* OperaVision, HD video projection screens featured in the Balcony level for this performance, is made possible by the Koret/Taube Media Suite.

The Buzz


Giannattasio “offered a ravishing mezza voce and big exciting top notes.”

“A winner at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, Giannattasio gained an early reputation as a fine proponant of bel canto in her own right, with an engrossing stage presence.”
Opera Magazine

“Brian Jagde sounded radiant and he hit all his high notes with aplomb.”
San Francisco Examiner


An opera singer's devotion to beauty and love are put to the test by a ruthless chief of police. 

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Cast and Creative

Floria Tosca Carmen Giannattasio
Mario Cavaradossi Brian Jagde
Baron Scarpia Scott Hendricks
A Sacristan Dale Travis
Spoletta Joel Sorensen
Sciarrone Andrew G. Manea
A Jailer Christian Pursell


October 3, 7, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 30, 2018

Conductor Leo Hussain *
Director Shawna Lucey
Production Designer Robert Innes Hopkins
Lighting Designer Michael James Clark
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera debut

A San Francisco Opera production premiere.


Previous performances of Tosca can be found in our Archive.


John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson; the Koret Foundation; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Great Interpreters of Italian Opera Fund; Barbara A. Wolfe; and Chevron.

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June 16–28, 2019

Photo (top): Set models by Production Designer Robert Innes Hopkins.