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Tosca

Apr. 21 - May 05, 2023

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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.

  • Price Range
    $20 - $210
  • Age
    Appropriate for all ages.
  • Running Time
    2 Hours 31 Minutes. Includes 2 intermissions.
  • Language
    Sung in Italian with projected English translation.

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Cast & Creative

Cast
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Tamara Wilson

Floria Tosca

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Jonathan Tetelman

Mario Cavaradossi

Rod Gilfrey
Rod Gilfry

Baron Scarpia

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Samuel Ramey 

Sacristan

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Daniel Noyola

Angelotti

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Matthew Grills

Spoletta

Luke Sutliff BW
Luke Sutliff

Sciarrone

Cory Mcgee BW
Cory McGee

Jailer

Creative Team
Ben Manis
Benjamin Manis

Conductor

John Caird 

Director

Bunny Christie 

Set and Costume Designer

Duane Schuler BW

Duane Schuler 

Original Lighting Designer

Michael James Clark 

Associate Lighting Designer

Richard Bado BW
Richard Bado

Chorus Director

Madeline Slettedahl

Children's Chorus Director

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

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