TOSCA

BY GIACOMO PUCCINI

August 21–September 5, 2021


 

Dare to Sing. Dare to Love. Dare to Defy.

She lived for art. She lived for love. Now, the singer Floria Tosca faces a brutal police chief whose cruelty forces her to sacrifice everything she cares for—in the hope of surviving.

Eun Sun Kim
takes up the baton to conduct her first opera as music director—Puccini’s dramatic classic Tosca. Be swept away by this tale of heartache and romance featuring some of opera’s most memorable musical moments.

Ailyn Pérez
, Michael Fabiano, and Alfred Walker star in the revival of Shawna Lucey’s beautiful period production.

American director Shawna Lucey reveals the inspirations and themes she weaves into San Francisco Opera’s latest production of Tosca, Giacomo Puccini’s timeless opera.


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Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa | Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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RUNNING TIME

Running time is approximately two hours, 45 minutes including two intermissions

Why You Should See It

The injustice that drives Thelma & Louise meets the corruption underlying The Count of Monte Cristo in this opera classic, featuring some of Puccini’s most heartbreaking music.

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Healthcare workers

Honoring Healthcare Workers

Thank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of our community. We look forward to celebrating with you on opening night, August 21.
The Buzz

THE BUZZ

Read what the press has said about the stars of the production.

“The phrase ‘an embarrassment of riches’ might have been invented to describe the combination of talents that belong to Ailyn Pérez, the Chicago-born lyric soprano who truly seems to have it all.”
Opera News

“[Michael] Fabiano’s vocal grandeur—now sweeping and impassioned, now delicately pointed—had a way of carrying everything along with him.”
San Francisco Chronicle

Alfred Walker, a veteran of 150 Met performances over two decades, draws on a deep well of operatic villains for his terrifying portrayal.”
New York Magazine

Synopsis

In the seeming safety of a church, the singer Floria Tosca arrives to meet her lover, Mario Cavaradossi—only to find herself in the crosshairs of Rome’s vicious chief of police.

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Cast and Creative

CAST
Floria Tosca Ailyn Pérez
Mario Cavaradossi Michael Fabiano
Baron Scarpia Alfred Walker
Cesare Angelotti Soloman Howard
A Sacristan Dale Travis
Spoletta Joel Sorensen
Sciarrone Timothy Murray *
A Shepherd Boy Elisa Sunshine *
A Jailer Stefan Egerstrom *

PERFORMANCES

August 21, 27, 29; September 3, 5

CREATIVE
Conductor Eun Sun Kim
Director Shawna Lucey
Production Designer Robert Innes Hopkins
Lighting Designer Michael Clark
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera Debut

A San Francisco Opera production.

 

Previous performances of Tosca can be found in our Archive.

MADE POSSIBLE BY

This production is made possible, in part, by Carol and Dixon Doll; John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; Joan and David Traitel; and Barbara A. Wolfe.

Background

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