Opera Australia Blog

6 reasons Tosca is a must-see this summer

1) An astonishing set, like a work of art

Yonghoon Lee as Cavaradossi, Alexia Voulgaridou as Tosca in Opera Australia's Tosca. Photo by Prudence Upton.

Designer Michael-Scott Mitchell was recently awarded the Australian Production Design Guild Award for his sets.

“The verisimilitude of the Act I set – a Baroque church interior – was simply staggering.” – BACHTRACK

Look at a gallery of production images here.

2) A gripping production

Photo by Jeff Busby.

Photo by Jeff Busby.

John Bell has directed a nuanced, heart-in-your-mouth production of Tosca, stripping away any melodrama and highlighting the very real, very human tragedy that is the story of Tosca.

“Bell’s sensitive direction was so unobtrusive you were barely aware of it. By effectively establishing and sustaining tension in each act, he created compelling drama.” – THE AUSTRALIAN

Read an interview with Bell here.

3) Soaring, soulful music

Puccini’s score is beautiful, from start to finish. From the dissonant, tension-filled chord that opens the opera, through the beautiful lovers duet, the rousing Te Deum, the stunning Vissi d’arte and the haunting lines of E lucevan le stelle, the music will take your breath away.

Listen to more of the music on SoundCloud

4) World-class artists

Amanda Echalaz, Riccardo Massi and Claudio Sgura

Amanda Echalaz, Riccardo Massi and Claudio Sgura

 “Tosca is a role for a singer-actor … Some performers have the acting chops and not the heft; some have the ball-busting top notes and not the stage skills. It’s a real hallelujah moment when a soprano such as Amanda Echalaz comes along, ticks every box, and then goes one step further and makes the role her own.” – METRO UK

“Claudio Sgura’s Scarpia was pure psychopathic monster…” – HERALD SUN

“[Tosca] was matched by Diego Torre, outstanding as her lover Cavaradossi and especially in his two big arias…” – THE AGE

Read an interview with Claudio Sgura and Diego Torre (singing Cavaradossi from 7/2 – 17/3) here.

5) See a young conductor destined for stardom

Andrea Battistoni at work.

Andrea Battistoni at work.

Andrea Battistoni is only 27 but already, opera houses around the world are clamouring to put him on their podiums.

(He’s so busy that he’s only conducting the first eight performances. But rest assured, renowned conductors Nicholas Milton and Brian Castles-Onion pick up the baton after that.)

6) Tick a night at the opera off your bucket list

But beware, you might be starting a life-long love affair.

“If this doesn’t make you fall in love with opera, nothing will.” – TIME OUT


Tosca plays at Sydney Opera House from January 13 – February 28.


Leave a Reply

Basic HTML is allowed. Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

Read previous post:
Director Gale Edwards on love, war and the power of Aida

It is just a few months out from the première of Aida on Sydney Harbour and director Gale Edwards’ eyes...