Fort Mason Drive-in: Tosca

Tosca at Fort Mason



Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini | Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Based on the drama La Tosca by Victorien Sardou
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Performed at San Francisco Opera in 2009

Running time: 2 hours, no intermission


Descend into a portrait of Rome on the brink of war. A police state reigns over the city, and at its head is the merciless Baron Scarpia. Amid the tumult, love blossoms between two artists: the singer Floria Tosca and the painter Mario Cavaradossi. But Tosca has caught Scarpia’s eye. To claim the singer for himself, Scarpia concocts a plan to send her lover to the firing squad — and Tosca’s only hope to save him is to do the unspeakable. 




Pull into Fort Mason’s scenic drive-in cinema experience to witness soprano Adrianne Pieczonka as Tosca and Georgian baritone Lado Ataneli as Scarpia in their Company debuts.

Reserve your parking space today for San Francisco Opera’s drive-in movie presentation. Tickets are limited.

Please note, due to the most recent health orders by the city of San Francisco, concessions will not be available for purchase on-site. Ticketholders may bring their own food and beverage to consume inside their vehicles.


Masks will be required by all attendees over the age of 2 when outside of the vehicle. Masks with exhalation valves are not allowed. Parking spaces are distanced by 6 feet to promote and maintain social distancing. Attendees are asked to remain in their vehicles when not using the restroom facilities. Learn more.

The screenings of Tosca are dedicated to the memory of longtime San Francisco Opera friend and supporter Doug Norby.



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Cesare Angelotti, a political prisoner, has just escaped from the jail at Castel Sant’Angelo and seeks refuge in the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle. A Sacristan enters followed by the painter Mario Cavaradossi, who climbs the scaffold and begins to work on his painting, a portrait of Mary Magdalene.

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Cast and Creative

Floria Tosca Adrianne Pieczonka
Mario Cavaradossi Carlo Ventre
Baron Scarpia Lado Ataneli
Cesare Angelotti Jordan Bisch
A Sacristan Dale Travis
Spoletta Joel Sorensen
Sciarrone Austin Kness
A Jailer Kenneth Kellogg
A Shepherd Boy Zachary Weisberg
Conductor Marco Armiliato *
Director Jose Maria Condemi
Set and Costume Designer Thierry Bosquet
Lighting Designer Christopher Maravich
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Chorus

The San Francisco Boys Chorus appearing in this production are led by Ian Robertson, Artistic Director

San Francisco Opera production based upon the Company’s original 1932 production designed by Armando Agnini

First performance: Rome, January 14, 1900

First San Francisco Opera performance: October 2, 1923

Previous performances of Tosca can be found in our Archive.


Screenings of Tosca for San Francisco Opera at Fort Mason Drive-In are made possible in part by Lisa Erdberg & Dennis Gibbons.

Photos by Cory Weaver and Terrence McCarthy.