Opera Philadelphia


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. 

MapAcademy of Music

Fri, Apr 30 8:00 p.m.
Sun, May 2 2:00 p.m.
Wed, May 5 7:00 p.m.
Fri, May 7 8:00 p.m.
Sun, May 9 2:00 p.m.

Approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes with two intermissions

Production of Teatro Regio di Parma.

The Academy Series is underwritten, in part, by Judy and Peter Leone.

Cast & Creative Team

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado Rovaris Conductor
Joseph Franconi Lee
Joseph Franconi Lee *Director
Ana María Martínez
Ana María Martínez * as Floria Tosca
Piero Pretti
Piero Pretti *as Mario Cavaradossi
Quinn Kelsey
Quinn Kelsey * as Baron Scarpia
Ben Wager
Ben Wager as Sacristan
Michael Sumuel
Michael Sumuel * as Angelotti
Norman Garrett
Norman Garrett * as Sciarrone
Adrian Kramer
Adrian Kramer as Spoletta
  • William Orlandi * Scenis & Costume Design
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
Giacomo Puccini

The Composer

Giacomo Puccini

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 bohèmeMadame Butterfly and Tosca were complicated by an often-troubled personal life. Learn more about Puccini.

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