Tosca Educator Materials

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.

 

Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Sung in Italian with English supertitles


Synopsis

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

CAST
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
CREATIVE
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.

 

Educator Materials created with assistance by Kathy Angus, Randy Heilbrunn, Carolyn Spitz, Michelle Gatesy, Clara Choi, and Timmy Yuen.

The Buzz

THE BUZZ

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

“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

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