17 September - 17 October 2015

An opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini. Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after the play La Toscaby Victorien Sardou. Tosca was first performed on 14 January 1900 at Teatro Constanzi in Rome. The performance lasts approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including an interval of 20 minutes. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

A New Zealand Opera production.

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Love, lust and political intrigue fill the world of the passionate singer Tosca. When her lover, Cavaradossi, is imprisoned by police chief Scarpia, Tosca takes matters into her own hands with dramatic consequences. Set in Italy in the 1950s, the visuals lend themselves to life shadowed by the mafia and post WWII politics.



“A knife to your throat; NZ Opera’s Tosca is visceral and electric.” – David Larsen, Metro

“ Cavaradossi, O’Neill fills the role with power and understanding, running a surfeit of emotions that are real and believable, his opening aria Recondita armonia showcasing a tenor at the top of his game.” – Ewan Coleman, Dominion Post

“Musical raptures flow, from O’Neill pondering the unpredictability of beauty, to Boylan conjuring up domestic happiness never to be… As Scarpia, Phillip Rhodes has just the right power and charisma to catch the character’s unredeemed villainy.” – William Dart, New Zealand Herald


Creative team

Director Stuart Maunder
Assistant director Tamsyn Matchett
Conductor Tobias Ringborg
Costume Designer Elizabeth Whiting
Set Designer Jan Ubels
Lighting Designer Jason Morphett



Floria Tosca Orla Boylan
Mario Cavaradossi Simon O’Neill
Baron Scarpia Phillip Rhodes
Cesare Angelotti James Clayton
A Sacristan Barry Mora
Spoletta James Benjamin Rodgers
Sciarrone Wade Kernot
A Jailer Jarvis Dams
A Shepherd Boy Cameron Brownsey



Accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Featuring the Freemasons NZ Opera Chorus

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

A New Zealand Opera production

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