Music by Giacomo Puccini


All of Rome trembled before him. Except her.

Corruption permeates every corner of Rome under Scarpia, the chief of police. When the fiery diva Tosca finds herself the target of his lust, she takes a stand in the name of all she holds sacred—art, freedom and a boundless commitment to love. Experience Puccini’s melodrama with fresh eyes in this monumental new San Francisco Opera period production.

San Francisco Opera production premiere

Meet the Cast

Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Sung in Italian with English supertitles



Pre-Opera Talks

Free to Ticketholders

For every performance, join us in the Orchestra section 55 minutes prior to curtain.

The Expert: Alexandra Amati

Learn about the opera’s music, characters, composer and historical background.

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Did you miss the Pre-Opera Talk? You can watch the video here.


[Carmen Giannattasio] made a memorable company debut. Exuding glamour and moving with youthful agility, she delivered the role with a lithe, beautifully colored voice and fresh, ultra-feminine demeanor.

Mercury News

[Giannattasio] sang the Act 2 showpiece “Vissi d’arte” — as close to a moral reckoning as Tosca can get through the miasma of her self-pity — with touching poignancy.

San Francisco Chronicle

[Brian Jagde] handled the role with distinction, bringing ardor and vocal bloom to the big arias in Acts 1 and 3, and facing off nobly against the forces of right-wing oppression in Act 2.

San Francisco Chronicle


Visit the Galleries

SF Opera has staged Tosca in over 39 seasons since 1923. Visit the photography galleries at the Wilsey Center for Opera (401 Van Ness, 4th Fl) and the exhibition in the lobby of the War Memorial Opera House to learn more about the Company’s history with this significant work.


An opera singer's devotion to beauty and love are put to the test by a ruthless chief of police. 

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Program Articles


Despite its critics, Puccini's Tosca is arguably the opera buff's opera par excellence.


According to director Shawna Lucey, Tosca is a piece for today like almost never before.


Soprano Carmen Giannattasio, the star of the current production of Tosca, is ready for her San Francisco Opera close-up.


Cast and Creative

Floria Tosca Carmen Giannattasio*
Mario Cavaradossi Brian Jagde
Baron Scarpia Scott Hendricks
Cesare Angelotti Hadleigh Adams
A Sacristan Dale Travis
Spoletta Joel Sorensen
Sciarrone Andrew Manea
A Jailer Christian Pursell
A Shepherd Boy Zachary Zele*
A Shepherd Boy Miles Kaludzinski*


October 3, 7, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 30, 2018

Conductor Leo Hussain *
Director Shawna Lucey
Production Designer Robert Innes Hopkins
Lighting Designer Michael James Clark
Fight Director Dave Maier
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

* San Francisco Opera debut

A San Francisco Opera production premiere.


Previous performances of Tosca can be found in our Archive.


John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson; the Koret Foundation; The E. Nakamichi Foundation; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Great Interpreters of Italian Opera Fund; the Thomas Tilton Production Fund; Joan & David Traitel, through the Great Singers Fund; Barbara A. Wolfe; and Chevron.


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Photo (top): Set models by Production Designer Robert Innes Hopkins.