Puccini's Crowning Jewel

A fiery prima donna, an idealistic artist and a manipulative chief of police find themselves entangled in a web of drama in this spellbinding classic. Tosca’s allegiance to her lover, Cavaradossi, is put to the ultimate test by the obsessive Scarpia who will stop at nothing to possess her. This magnificent tale of deceit, love and honor brims with sumptuous music and unforgettable arias.

Preliminary run time of 2 hours and 42 minutes, including two intermissions.

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

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    Listen to Artistic Director Dale Johnson’s recommended recordings of Tosca on Spotify and YouTube.


  • Synopsis

    Angelotti, an escaped political prisoner, seeks refuge in a family chapel – his sister, the Marchesa Attavanti, has left him the key. The sacristan enters, muttering about the mess the painter Mario Cavaradossi is making. The artist soon arrives, and the sacristan observes how much the Magdalene in his painting resembles a young woman (the Marchesa) who has been visiting the chapel as of late…

  • Composer biography

    Giacomo Puccini was born into a family of court composers and organists in the historic city of Lucca, Italy. With a strong feeling of tradition in the Puccini family, it was expected that Giacomo would assume his deceased father’s position as Maestro di Cappella when he came of age. By 14 he already was playing organ in a number of the town’s churches.

  • Opera Insights

    Get an overview of the characters and music, historical and cultural context for the opera and hear performances by Minnesota Opera Resident Artists. Enjoy this free, fun and informative half-hour session one hour before your performance.

  • Behind the Curtain

    Tosca on February 24, 2016 at 7pm

    Get the inside scoop! Behind the Curtain explores the music, history, and production of each opera. Each event will feature talks led by Minnesota Opera’s Head of Music Rob Ainsley and informative discussions with members of the cast and creative team.

  • Taste of Opera

    Tosca on March 20, 2016 at 11am – Call 612-342-9563 to Buy Tickets

    Enhance your opera-going experience with a Taste of Opera – a delicious pre-show dinner and relaxed conversation with experts from the world of opera. Classical Minnesota Public Radio hosts an engaging look at each production with special guests from Minnesota Opera. Leave the logistics to us and enjoy an all-inclusive evening out!

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