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Opera North: Tosca

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Giacomo Puccini 1900

Secrets, lies, and a lethal ultimatum

Tosca, Rome’s star opera singer, is deeply in love with charismatic artist Cavaradossi. When he is arrested and tortured by Scarpia, the corrupt Chief of Police, Tosca becomes the victim of cruel blackmail: she plots her revenge, but the consequences are more terrible than she can imagine…

One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s melodrama of lust and love, of cruelty and self-sacrifice, portrays people at their best and very worst. The high-octane score veers from tenderness to brutal power and includes Tosca’s famous passionate aria ‘Vissi d’arte’.

Edward Dick’s new production is played out beneath the domes and frescoes of Renaissance Rome and features a stellar cast including Giselle Allen (Cavalleria rusticana), Mexican tenor Rafael Rojas (Un ballo in maschera) and British baritone Robert Hayward (Andrea Chénier).

Additional Information
Supported by the Friends of Opera North
Sung in Italian with English titles

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including two 20 minute intervals)

Important Information

Please note: this production features a staged firing squad and canon fire.


£2 for online bookings or £3 for phone & counter sales applies per transaction.

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Season Ticket Package
Book 3 operas from the Autumn 2018 season/Spring 2019 season and get 10% off.
Book 4-6 operas from the Autumn 2018 season/Spring 2019 season get 15% off.

Groups 8+
20% off the ticket price. Available on Wednesday and Friday.

Under 30s, Go Card Holders & Students
Tickets £10. Subject to availability, cannot be reserved in advance. Maximum of two tickets per person per opera.

Standby Tickets
50% off from 6pm on the day available to concession holders in person. Subject to availability.
Full price or concession ticket, plus complimentary ticket for essential companion, available to customers with disabilities. Available in the Stalls.



Retired Over 60s
10% of all tickets. Available Wednesday and Friday.

Under 18s & Registered Unwaged
50% of all tickets. Available Wednesday and Friday.

School Groups
50% Balcony tickets for groups of 10+. One free teacher place per 20 pupils booked. Available Wednesday and Friday.

Concessions may not be available in the Balcony.

'Thunderous... exhilarating'

The Times

'Intense and exciting'

The Guardian

'A brutal, thumping success'

The Telegraph

Free Pre-show Talks
Wednesday 7 & Friday 9 November, 6.30 – 7pm, Nelson Studio

Members of the Opera North team discuss the show with an audience Q&A.

Please book in advance by visiting our Box Office or calling 0115 989 5555 as places are limited.