Opera Philadelphia

The Drama of Tosca

Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Adaption by Francesco Micheli
Sung in Italian with English closed captioning, spoken narration in English

In this concert film, capturing a live performance from May 2021, the tragic tale of Floria Tosca takes on a completely new dimension. Seen through the eyes of an omniscient narrator and focusing on the three main characters, this innovative version of Puccini’s beloved work bridges opera and storytelling, highlighting major themes from the original.


Grammy-winning soprano Ana María Martínez received audience and critical acclaim in her title role debut, with Opera News raving “her rich upper voice and flaming high notes rang out handsomely.” Tenor Brian Jagde is “a robust Cavaradossi” (Philadelphia Inquirer), while baritone Quinn Kelsey is “a Scarpia for the ages” (Parterre Box). The three principals are joined by narrator Charlotte Blake Alston and the Opera Philadelphia Chorus and Orchestra led by Jack Mulroney Music Director Corrado Rovaris.


The piece is a dedication to all who, as Tosca sings in the famous aria “Vissi d’arte,” devote themselves to art, particularly in challenging times.


How to purchase:  The Drama of Tosca is now available on-demand with a Channel subscription or with a seven-day rental for $20. 

Opera Philadelphia Channel

Dates are 2021 - 2023.

Approximately 90 minutes

Leadership support for The Drama of Tosca has been provided by Judy and Peter Leone.

Maestro Corrado Rovaris’ engagement as the Jack Mulroney Music Director has been made possible by Mrs. John P. Mulroney.

The Opera Philadelphia Orchestra is underwritten by Alice and Walter Strine, Esqs.

The Opera Philadelphia Channel has been made possible by the Disosway Foundation, Inc. and by Wyncote Foundation

Cast & Creative Team

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado RovarisConductor Underwritten by Mrs. John P. Mulroney
Ana María Martínez
Ana María Martínez *as Floria Tosca
Quinn Kelsey
Quinn Kelsey *as Baron Scarpia
Brian Jagde
Brian Jagde *as Cavaradossi
Charlotte Blake Alston
Charlotte Blake Alstonas the Narrator
Alex Ramirez
Alex Ramirez *as Shepherd Boy
  • Francesco Micheli * Dramaturg
  • Gregory Boyle Director
  • Elizabeth Braden Chorus Master
  • Erika Natati * Assistant Dramaturg
  • Lisa Anderson Production Stage Manager
  • Jennifer Shaw Assistant Stage Manager
  • Savannah Valigura Assistant Stage Manager
  • *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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