Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Tosca was performed at Cincinnati Opera in 2016. The season's performances of this opera have concluded.

Sung in Italian with projected translations
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes (including two intermissions)
Opera Insights: One hour before curtain in the Aronoff's Jarson-Kaplan Theater

The fiery diva Tosca, great star of the Roman stage, is desired by two men: Cavaradossi, the painter who loves her sincerely, and Scarpia, the police chief who longs to possess her. With her lover’s life on the line, Tosca must submit to Scarpia’s repulsive proposition … until she sees the knife.

One of the best-loved operas of all time, Tosca soars with high-stakes drama and exhilarating music, including Tosca’s sweeping aria “Vissi d’arte,” one of Puccini’s most thrilling creations. We’re proud to premiere a brand-new, period production featuring sumptuous sets and costumes from acclaimed designer Robert Perdziola (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera).

Evelina Dobraceva, a soprano with a “gleaming, focused, and powerful” (The New York Times) voice, leads the cast in the title role. Metropolitan Opera regular Marcello Giordani brings his “stunning, easy top notes” (Opera News) as her ardent lover, Cavaradossi. The menacing villain Scarpia will be sung by Cincinnati Opera favorite Gordon Hawkins.


Cincinnati Enquirer
"This Tosca would rival any production of the crowd favorite, anywhere in the world." Read the review.

Polly Magazine
"A visual feast... astounding." Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
"Puccini would have been proud of Cincinnati Opera's Tosca." Read the review.

Oakwood Register
"...the arias served the drama and it was the drama that mesmerized the audience and created what I can say with certainty was the greatest Tosca I have ever witnessed." Read the review.

Jay Harvey Upstage Blog

"Its interplay of forces both political and romantic proceeds with an unparalleled efficiency and intensity." Read the review. 

Cast & Creative Team

Evelina Dobraceva   Floria Tosca

Evelina Dobraceva
Floria Tosca

Marcello Giordani   Cavaradossi
Gordon Hawkins   Baron Scarpia

Gordon Hawkins
Baron Scarpia

Floria Tosca  Evelina Dobraceva
Mario Cavaradossi  Marcello Giordani
Baron Scarpia  Gordon Hawkins
Cesare Angelotti  Evan Boyer
A Sacristan Peter Strummer
Spoletta  Marco Cammarota

Conductor  Christopher Allen
Stage Director  Jose Maria Condemi
Scenic Designer & Costume Designer  Robert Perdziola
Lighting Designer  Thomas C. Hase
Hair & Makeup Designer  James Geier
Chorus Master  Henri Venanzi

A new production created by Cincinnati Opera

Set and costume renderings by Robert Perdziola


"Loving Tosca" - an essay by Suzanne Martinucci

Tosca Through the Years - Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, tells the story of Tosca, illustrated by recordings of famous artists who have sung Tosca at Cincinnati Opera from the 1920s to today.