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Brown Theater


Apr. 21 - May 05, 2023

Live free or die

A combustible mix of political crime, love, and obsession explodes in tragedy in Puccini’s masterpiece, Tosca, one of the world’s favorite operas. The story is set in Rome in the early 1800s, where the singer Floria Tosca and the painter Cavaradossi are in love. But their romance is doomed by the toxic Baron Scarpia, who is on the hunt for the escaped political prisoner whom Cavaradossi is protecting. To make matters worse, Scarpia decides he wants Tosca for himself, jails her lover, and threatens to kill him. Tosca tries to save Cavaradossi’s life by striking a terrible bargain with Scarpia, but he betrays her—and her revenge comes too late. Soprano Tamara Wilson, an HGO Studio alumna who is now one of the most recognizable voices in opera, performs her role debut as the fiery Tosca in this riveting revival production directed by frequent HGO collaborator John Caird. Star tenor Jonathan Tetelman performs as Cavaradossi, making his company debut in his signature role, and Grammy-nominated baritone Rod Gilfry returns to HGO as Scarpia. 

A co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago.


Audience Warning: Tosca contains a gunshot effect. It contains adult content and is not suitable for all audiences. 

  • Price Range
    $20 - $210
  • Age
    This production contains adult content; not suitable for children.
  • Running Time
    2 Hours 31 Minutes. Includes 2 intermissions.
  • Language
    Sung in Italian with projected English translation.

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Cast & Creative

Tamara Wilson

Floria Tosca

Jonathan Tetelman

Mario Cavaradossi

Rod Gilfry

Baron Scarpia

Nicholas Newton


Daniel Noyola


Matthew Grills


Luke Sutliff


Cory McGee


Creative Team
Benjamin Manis


John Caird


Bunny Christie

Set and Costume Designer

Duane Schuler

Original Lighting Designer

Michael James Clark

Associate Lighting Designer

Adam Noble

Intimacy / Fight Director

Richard Bado

Chorus Director

Madeline Slettedahl

Children's Chorus Director

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Children’s Chorus 

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Production Sponsors

Premier Guarantor
  • The Wortham Foundation, Inc.

  • Margaret Alkek Williams

  • The Robert and Jane Cizik Foundation

Grand Underwriters
  • Connie Dyer

  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Husseini

  • Laura and Brad McWilliams

Vinson & Elkins LLP Blue 022019
  • Westlake Corporation

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