Orchestra Victoria


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Love. Jealousy. Betrayal.

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  • Melbourne / Naarm

    May 24, 25, 28, 29, 30 at 7:30pm May 26 at 1:00pm

    Margaret Court Arena
    Olympic Blvd, Melbourne

  • Duration

    Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including two intervals

  • Ticket Price Range

    From $59 + $6.65 transaction fee

“Ah! Tosca.” Scarpia growls it, lust in his voice, danger in his eyes. Tosca thinks of her lover, his captive. How far will she go to save him?

Opera’s greatest thriller is a taut tale of passion and betrayal, taking place over just 24 hours in Rome. Renowned prima donna Tosca is in love with Cavaradossi, a painter and revolutionary. When the sadistic Chief of Police Scarpia tries to crush them, our heroine finds the strength to do the unspeakable.

Puccini’s music is sensational: from the overpowering choral power of the famous Te Deum, Tosca’s ode to art ‘Vissi d’arte’ and the haunting tenor showpiece ‘E lucevan le stelle’ as Cavaradossi faces death.

When the final note rings into silence, and you pick your jaw up off the floor, you’ll feel an extraordinary emotional release.

In this acclaimed, five-star production from Opera North, director Edward Dick writes the tension large upon the stage. A stunning renaissance fresco colours a gilded dome hanging over the performers. Dramatic, stadium-style lights by Lee Curran put a razor focus on the unfolding action, revealing beauty and menace in turn.

Tosca is the perfect first taste of opera, and one opera lovers return to again and again, to experience how music can bring great stories to emotional highs. Tosca has it all: romance, action and an unforgettable ending.

Performed in the Margaret Court Arena with all the drama and scale of an epic theatrical experience, this will be very special night at the opera.

The action turns on a trio of brilliant performers, so we’ve found singers you don’t want to miss: Opera Australia audience favourite Karah Son shares the heroic title role with British star Nadine Benjamin. Diego Torre returns to our stage as Cavaradossi, along with Young Woo Kim, making his Australian debut in the role. And we have two formidable Scarpias: Helpmann Award-winning baritone Warwick Fyfe and English singer Robert Hayward.

Please note: This production contains depictions of violence, including violence against women, murder and suicide.

Cast & Creative

Conductor Garry Walker
Director Edward Dick
Set designer Tom Scutt
Costume designer Fotini Dimou
Lighting designer Lee Curran
Choreographer Maxine Braham
Sound designer Jim Atkins

Karah Son (May 24, 26 & 29)
Nadine Benjamin MBE (May 25, 28 & 30)

Diego Torre (May 24, 26 & 29)
Young Woo Kim (May 25, 28 & 30)

Robert Hayward (May 24, 26 & 29)
Warwick Fyfe (May 25, 28 & 30)

Orchestra Victoria
Opera Australia Chorus

The Story

In a beautiful church, the painter Cavaradossi is working. When an escaped prisoner bursts in, Cavaradossi risks his own life to help Angelotti hide from the Fascist police. But Cavaradossi’s lover, Tosca, overhears him talking and becomes jealous. In spite of Cavaradossi’s ardent assurances of love, it is easy for the chief of police, Scarpia to fan the flames of her jealousy. He wants Tosca for himself.

Scarpia arrests Cavaradossi on suspicion of aiding Angelotti, and as he is tortured, Tosca is made to listen to his cries. She has a fateful choice before her: give into the hateful Scarpia’s lascivious demands and save her lover’s life, or save her honour and kill Cavaradossi. In that terrible moment, Tosca makes a choice, and the consequences play out in a heart-rending Act III.


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