play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel
Tosca

About the Show Less...

Drama, passion and fabulous music – Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera. Jonathan Kent’s production is set against the turbulent backdrop of Rome in 1800. Read More >

From its famous, dissonant opening chords, Tosca conjures up a world of political instability and menace. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was an instant hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas.

A candle-lit church, the darkness of a brooding study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: Jonathan Kent’s naturalistic production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards its fateful conclusion. Puccini’s score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant canon fire during the Act I ‘Te Deum’ to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.

Tosca is sung in Italian with English Surtitles.

Learn more about London operas within the West End.

Less...

Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 9/07/2013

Closing Night: 20/07/2013

Running time: 3h

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

Cast & Creative

Creative

Director - Jonathan Kent

Designer - Paul Brown

Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson

Music By - Giacomo Puccini

About Royal Opera House

Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD

Unlike film, there is currently no official age classification organisation for theatre. All age recommendations are subjective and should be interpreted as guidelines unless otherwise stated. It's the responsibility of the patron to judge the show’s suitability in advance of purchase. We recommend contacting us at oltenquiries@seetickets.com if you are in any doubt.