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It is the eve of the Battle of Marengo. Napoleon's army has caused chaos and disarray throughout all Italy. Against this background of political turmoil stands Floria Tosca, Rome's famous and most beautiful opera singer. To save her lover, Cavaradossi, she must sacrifice her virtue to the evil Baron Scarpia. Can the power of love and honour ever prevail against the forces of corruption and betrayal? Tosca is a moving and passionate exploration of personal freedom, the cost of ideals and the choices forced on us by love. Tosca is sensual, powerful, and vulnerable. The toast of the GDR elite in 1980s Berlin, she is above reproach, until her lover Cavaradossi helps a political prisoner to escape, putting Tosca at the mercy of Stasi chief Scarpia. Puccini's tautest drama is given a radical yet affectionate re-working, stripping the story to its most essential elements. A cast of just four singers will bring OperaUpClose's trademark intimacy and immediacy to this tale of love, lust, and the corrupting influence of power, while retaining all of the emotional impact of the original.


Becca Marriott (Tosca - some dates), Demelza Stafford (Tosca - some dates), Edaard Hughes (Cavaradossi - some dates), Gareth Dafydd Morris (Cavaradossi - some dates), James Harrison (Scarpia - some dates), Francis Church (Scarpia - some dates), Steven East (Caretaker), Tom Stoddart (Angelotti/Spoletta), Elspeth Wilkes (piano), Alison Holford (cello), William Rudge (cello), Sarah Douglas (clarinet), Fiona Mitchell (clarinet)


Music(s): Puccini, Danyal Dhondy (re-orchestration)
Lyrics(s): Giacosa, Illica
Presented by: Soho Theatre
Company: OperaUpClose
Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher
Musical Director: Elspeth Wilkes
Design: Christopher Hone
Costume: Jonathan Lipman
Lighting: Seth Rook Williams
CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020, restrictions were lifted on 19th July 2021. Please note that iUKTDb archive listings between March 2020 and July 2021 may not be accurate as we did not receive details of all rescheduled and cancelled shows.


Tosca (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T01098041539. Details of all Tosca archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S2107

Archive Listings

20 Sep 13
21 Sep 13
Theatre Royal
14 Aug 13
15 Sep 13
Soho Theatre
Inner London
Greater London

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