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Tosca

She lives for art. She dies for love.

May 8–23, 2021

Overview

All this action played out against beautiful painterly sets from Italy’s Ercole Sormani. The audience buzz at the first intermission was positively electric. Tosca has just about everything: great tunes, desperate lovers, loads of action, and a bad guy you love to hate.”

The Seattle Times


Music by Giacomo Puccini; Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica

Don’t mess with the diva! A fiery prima donna struggles to free her true love from the clutches of a ruthless police chief in Puccini’s surefire favorite. Filled with iconic arias and impressive musical moments, the rousing score brings Tosca’s emotional extremes into sharp relief as the story rushes towards its thrilling conclusion. The crackling melodrama grabs hold from the get-go, making Tosca ideal for anyone who loves drama and music.

Two international headliners alternate in the title role. The “superb” (Sidney Morning Herald) Saioa Hernández “won La Scala hearts [in] an instant love affair between soprano and audience” (Bachtrack). And the “splendid” (Das Opernglas) Armenian soprano Karine Babajanyan, whose “voice is strong and appealingly colored, sings with confidence and intelligence” (OPERA).

Performance Information

Performance Information

In Italian with English Subtitles
Performance Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes including two intermission

Performed at McCaw Hall | 321 Mercer Street | Directions & Parking

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Movie-style Rating: PG-13

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Cast

Saioa Hernández

Floria Tosca

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Floria Tosca, Tosca

Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: La Gioconda, La Gioconda (Gran Teatre del Liceu)
Upcoming: Tosca, Tosca (Berliner Deutsche Oper); Aida, Aida (Berliner Deutsche Oper); Tosca, Tosca (Teatro alla Scala)

Last Updated: December 2019

Saioa Hernández

Floria Tosca

Seattle Opera Debut
May 8, 14, 16, 19, & 22

Karine Babajanyan

Floria Tosca

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Floria Tosca, Tosca

Hometown: Yerevan, Armenia
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Cio Cio San, Madame Butterfly (Puccini Festival, Torre del Lago); Tosca, Tosca (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Minnie, La Fanciulla del Weist (Leipzig Opera House)
Upcoming: Tosca, Tosca (Leipzig Opera House); Iris, Iris (Concert Hall Berlin); Minnie, La Fanciulla del Weist (Korea National Opera

Last Updated: December 2019

Karine Babajanyan

Floria Tosca

Seattle Opera Debut
May 9, 12, 15, & 23

Marco Berti

Cavaradossi

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Cavaradossi, Tosca

Hometown: Como, Italy
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Otello, Otello (Teatro La Fenice); Manrico, Il trovatore (Carlo Felice Genova); Dick Johnson, La Fanciulla del West (NCPA Beijing)
Upcoming: Calaf, Turandot (Metropolitan Opera); Pollion, Norma (Tokyo, tournée with Teatro Massimo di Palermo); Samson, Samson et Dalila (Bilbao, ABAO OLBE)

Last Updated: December 2019

 

Marco Berti

Cavaradossi

Seattle Opera Debut
May 8, 14, 16, 19, & 22

Robert Watson

Cavaradossi

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Cavardossi, Tosca

Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Hoffmann, Tales of Hoffmann (Deutsche Oper Berlin); Don Carlo, Don Carlo (Dallas Opera); Bacchus, Ariadne auf Naxos (Opera Orchestre National Montpellier)
Upcoming: Der Mahler, Lulu (The Metropolitan Opera); Rodolfo, La bohème (Opera Leipzig); Don Jose, Carmen (Deutsche Oper Berlin)

Last Updated: December 2019

 

Robert Watson

Cavaradossi

Seattle Opera Debut
May 9, 12, 15, & 23

Lucio Gallo

Baron Scarpia

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Baron Scarpia, Tosca

Hometown: Taranto, Italy
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Don Pizarro, Fidelio (Teatro Comunale di Bologna); Scarpia, Tosca (Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona); Michele, Il tabarro (Metropolitan Opera)
Upcoming: Sir John Falstaff, Falstaff (Staasoper Berlin); Gianni Schicchi, Gianni Schicchi (Opéra de Monte-Carlo); Simon Mago, Nero (Bregenzer Festpiele)

Last Updated: December 2019

Lucio Gallo

Baron Scarpia

Seattle Opera Debut
May 8, 14, 16, 19, & 22

Michael Chioldi

Baron Scarpia

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Baron Scarpia, Tosca

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Miller, Luisa Miller (Gran Teatre del Liceu); Giorgio Germont, La traviata (Washington National Opera); Rigoletto, Rigoletto (Austin Opera)
Upcoming: Tonio, Pagliacci (Portland Opera); Sharpless, Madama Butterfly (Atlanta Opera); Eugene Onegin, Eugene Onegin (Palm Beach Opera)

Last Updated: December 2019

Michael Chioldi

Baron Scarpia

Seattle Opera Debut
May 9, 12, 15, & 23

Creative Team

Kazem Abdullah

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Tosca

Hometown: Indiana
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: String Serenades (New World Symphony); Asberyana: A Musical Celebration of Poet John Ashbery (The Menil Collection); Chautauqua Music Festival (Chautauqua)
Upcoming: The Champion (Michigan Opera Theater); Troupe Vertigo: Cirque Dances (Minnesota Orchestra); An African American Requiem (Oregon Symphony)

Last Updated: December 2019

Kazem Abdullah

Conductor

Seattle Opera Debut

Dan Wallace Miller

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2019/20: Three Singing Sisters
At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Tosca

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: The Combat (’17)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Il trovatore ('19)
Recently: Director, Carmen (Kentucky Opera); Director, Apprentice Artists Scenes Program (Central City Opera); Director, Il trovatore (Seattle Opera); Associate Director, Silent Night (Washington National Opera); Director, The Magic Flute (Pacific MusicWorks)
Upcoming: Director, Don Giovanni (Opera Naples)

Last updated: December 2019

Dan Wallace Miller

Director

Connie Yun

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: The Elixir of Love

Hometown: East Lansing, MI
Seattle Opera Debut: Die Fledermaus (’06)
Previously at Seattle Opera: The Turn of the Screw (’18); Beatrice and Benedict (’18); An American Dream (’17 and ’15)
Recently: La traviata (Madison Opera); La finta giardiniera (Portland Opera); Snow White (Seattle Children’s Theatre) 
Upcoming: Frida (Portland Opera)

Last updated: September 2020 

Connie Yun

Lighting Designer

John Keene

Chorusmaster

At Seattle Opera in 2020/21: Pagliacci, Cavalleria rusticana, The Elixir of Love

Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Seattle Opera Debut: Chorusmaster, Fidelio (’12)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Chorusmaster, Eugene Onegin (‘20); Pianist, Recitals with Melody Wilson and Angela Brown (’20), and Three Singing Sisters (’19)
Upcoming: Pianist, Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana, and Angela Meade and Jamie Barton in Concert (Seattle Opera) 

Last updated: September 2020

John Keene

Chorusmaster

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2020/21 Season Sponsors

James and Sherry Raisbeck
Barbara Stephanus

Production Sponsors

Jay and Susanne Wakefield
ArtsFund
C. E. Stuart Charitable Trust
Marks Family Foundation
Office of Arts & Culture | Seattle
Seattle Opera Foundation

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