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Cinema Festival: Tosca: Saturday 22 December 2018, 7pm at Linbury Theatre

Cinema Festival

From 3 December 2018 to 7 January 2019 we celebrate ten years of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season with screenings of great operas and ballets.


Linbury Theatre

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD


This event is part of the Winter 2018/19 season.


Presented by Head of The Royal Opera Staff Directors Amy Lane, this screening of Puccini’s Tosca tells the story of the passionate opera singer Floria Tosca, her lover, the painter Mario Cavaradossi and the evil Chief of Police Baron Scarpia who plots to destroy their happiness. When Cavaradossi helps a fugitive escape, Scarpia sees his chance…

The Royal Opera’s Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts, in a performance which led the Guardian (2011) to comment that ‘Puccini brings out the best in him’. Soprano Angela Gheorghiu, tenor Jonas Kaufmann and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel are a dream cast as Tosca, Cavaradossi and Scarpia: you’ll never hear the Act I and Act III love duets and Tosca and Scarpia’s great Act II confrontation performed better.

This screening was recorded in July 2011, relayed to cinemas in November 2011, broadcast on BBC television and recorded for DVD.


There are gunshots during Act III of this production

Please note this production was originally screened live as 12A

Tosca on stage

This production of Tosca is also on the Main Stage from 24 May to 20 June 2019.

Running time

The performance lasts about 3 hours, including two intervals


Sung in Italian with English subtitles