San Diego Opera Brings Tosca to Town

Tosca brings San Diego Opera audience on her life-changing journey through Rome

Tosca at San Diego

Discover the world of politics, police brutality, betrayal, jealousy and murder in Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. The San Diego Opera brings the violent streets of Rome in 1900 to the San Diego Civic Theatre stage February 13th through 21st. 

Floria Tosca is a talented singer who is faced with life–changing events when the love of her life, Mario Cavaradossi, is caught harboring a political prison escapee. The raven–haired soprano is forced to attempt to save Cavaradossi from the hands of the chief of police, Baron Scarpia, and looks death in the face while taking a stand for her lover. How far is Tosca willing to go to save him?

Passionate arias and sensuous melodies composed by Puccini will allow Tosca to bring out the power and emotion that will captivate and leave you speechless.

Puccini was a famous and successful Italian composer whose operas quickly became classics. His early works include Le Villi, Edgar and Manon Lescaut. Before Tosca, he composed La bohème, a four–act opera based on the book by Henri Murger. In 1900, Puccini composed Tosca, based on Victorien Sardou's play La Tosca. Tosca was said to be his first foray into verismo, a genre that focuses on realism. He went on to compose Madama Butterfly, La fanciulla del West, La rondine and Il trittico. His final opera, Turandot, was left unfinished after his death in 1924 and the final scenes were left to be finished by Italian composer and pianist, Franco Alfano.

This is not the first time that Puccini’s timeless work has been produced by the San Diego Opera Association. In 1965, SD Opera was incorporated as a producing company and presented Puccini's La bohème in the San Diego Civic Center. This 2015–2016 season, to follow Tosca, SD Opera will bring Madama Butterfly to the Civic Center.

In 1950, SD Opera was founded by General Director Walter Herbert to introduce San Francisco Opera productions to the San Diego community. SD Opera has presented many acclaimed productions that bring internationally renowned artists to perform throughout the season. The company also has one of the most extensive and diverse opera education and outreach programs in North America that brings music and arts to around 100,000 school children annually.

The San Diego Civic Theatre, managed by San Diego Theatres, was opened in 1965 and since then has presented productions from the San Diego Opera, Broadway/San Diego, La Jolla Music Society and California Ballet. The theatre, which seats just under 3,000 people, is the region's largest and most–attended performing arts venue. San Diego Theatres also manages Balboa Theatre, which is hosting special events produced by SD Opera.

The show will run for two hours and 40 minutes with two intermissions, in Italian with projected English supertitles. All performances of Tosca will be held at the San Diego Civic Theatre, located at 1100 Third Avenue @ B Street, San Diego, CA 92101. Tickets start at $45 and are available for purchase at the San Diego Opera or by phone at (619) 570-1100.