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Washington National Opera: Tosca

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - Saturday, May 25, 2019

Washington National Opera

Love gets political in Puccini’s striking drama set against 19th-century Rome. Passionate singer Tosca takes matters into her own hands when dreaded chief of police Scarpia hunts for her lover. But no one is guaranteed to get out alive.


$35.00 - $300.00

Run Time

Approx. 3 hours


In love and war, what will you stand for? 


Music by Giacomo Puccini / Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

May 11e, 12m, 14e, 17e, 19m, 20e, 22e, 25e (2019) in the Opera House
In Italian with Projected English Titles
Scenery provided by Seattle Opera

Dawn breaks on 19th-century Rome, where zealous painter Cavaradossi and passionate singer Tosca are deeply in love. When Cavaradossi hides escaped political prisoner Angelotti from the villainous chief of police Scarpia, a tragic conflict unfurls. Caught between loyalty to her rebel lover and Scarpia’s web of deceit, Tosca must take matters into her own hands—but no one is guaranteed to get out alive.

Puccini’s breathtaking opera, with its renowned “Vissi d’arte” aria, makes a triumphant return to WNO. Elegant sets depicting grand Roman scenes create the backdrop to one of opera’s most suspenseful and popular dramas. With gripping political corruption, soaring music, and the legendary devastating finale, Tosca is a sumptuous tale of ill-fated love that amazes and captivates new and longtime opera lovers alike.

Part of the Kennedy Center’s celebration of Italian culture in spring 2019.


Keri Alkema (5/11, 14, 17, 20, 22, 25)
Latonia Moore (5/12m, 19m)
Riccardo Massi (5/11, 14, 17, 20, 22, 25)
Robert Watson (5/12m, 19m)
Alan Held
David Cangelosi 
Wei Wu


Speranza Scappucci
Ethan McSweeny
Costume Designer:                             
Lena Rivkina
Lighting Designer:                                         
Gary Marder
Costume Designer:                                         
Lena Rivkina


Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera. 
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of Tosca.

Most Opera Insights begin 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. Musicologist Saul Lilienstein's Opera Insights, scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, begins 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and last 35–40 minutes.


Don't miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here's your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team. 
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.

Tosca Talkback Dates:
Sunday, May 12
Sunday, May 19
Monday, May 20

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