August 21–September 5, 2021




Dare to Sing. Dare to Love. Dare to Defy.

She lived for art. She lived for love. Now, the singer Floria Tosca faces a brutal police chief whose cruelty forces her to sacrifice everything she cares for—in the hope of surviving.

Eun Sun Kim
takes up the baton to conduct her first opera as music director—Puccini’s dramatic classic Tosca. Be swept away by this tale of heartache and romance featuring some of opera’s most memorable musical moments.

Ailyn Pérez
, Michael Fabiano, and Alfred Walker star in the revival of Shawna Lucey’s beautiful period production.

American director Shawna Lucey reveals the inspirations and themes she weaves into San Francisco Opera’s latest production of Tosca, Giacomo Puccini’s timeless opera.

Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa | Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Read Director’s Note   |  Meet the Cast  |  Listen to the Pre-Opera Talk

Read Director’s Note
Meet the Cast
Listen to the Pre-Opera Talk



Bass Alfred Walker...presented the evil Scarpia in a chilling portrayal


Soprano Ailyn Pérez, in voice and bearing, was the very embodiment of it in the title role.

San Francisco Chronicle

Tenor Michael Fabiano…was endearing in his first American portrayal of the dashing Roman patriot.

San Francisco Examiner

Eun Sun Kim seized control of the score and led a performance of heaving intensity, subtle moods shifts and piquant details.

San Francisco Chronicle

Ian Robertson’s chorus stepped back onstage in fine form as if there had never been a pandemic.

San Francisco Examiner


In the seeming safety of a church, the singer Floria Tosca arrives to meet her lover, Mario Cavaradossi—only to find herself in the crosshairs of Rome’s vicious chief of police.

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Cast and Creative

Floria Tosca Ailyn Pérez
Mario Cavaradossi Michael Fabiano
Baron Scarpia Alfred Walker
Cesare Angelotti Soloman Howard
A Sacristan Dale Travis
Spoletta Joel Sorensen
Sciarrone Timothy Murray *
A Shepherd Boy Elisa Sunshine *
A Jailer Stefan Egerstrom *


August 21, 27, 29; September 3, 5

Conductor Eun Sun Kim
Director Shawna Lucey
Production Designer Robert Innes Hopkins
Lighting Designer Michael Clark
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera Debut

A San Francisco Opera production.


Previous performances of Tosca can be found in our Archive.


This production is made possible, in part, by Carol and Dixon Doll; John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; Joan and David Traitel; and Barbara A. Wolfe.


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