Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Performed in Italian with English supertitles
Opera’s greatest political thriller returns to the Academy of Music stage, as three of today’s leading voices make their company debuts in a story of overwhelming passion amidst the perils of war.
GRAMMY Award-winning soprano Ana María Martínez makes her company and role debuts as the fiery opera singer Floria Tosca, who takes matters into her own hands when the dreaded chief of police Baron Scarpia (baritone Quinn Kelsey in his role debut) hunts for her lover, the zealous painter Mario Cavaradossi (tenor Piero Pretti). Puccini’s lethal love triangle unfolds over the course of 24 hours in a fast-paced drama that threatens to leave no one standing.
Cast & Creative Team
- William Orlandi * Scenis & Costume Design
- *Opera Philadelphia debut
Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, born on December 22, 1858, started the operatic trend toward realism with his popular works, which are among the most often performed in opera history. But the fame and fortune that came with such successes as La bohème, Madame Butterfly and Tosca were complicated by an often-troubled personal life. Learn more about Puccini.