Oksana Dyka as Floria Tosca in Tosca ©ROH/Clive Barda, 2014


822 February 2022
The performance lasts about 3 hours, including two intervals
Main Stage
Opera and music

The opening performance of Tosca on Sunday 5 December (matinee) has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be contacted. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Three outstanding casts bring alive the excitement of one of the best loved operas in the repertory: Puccini’s Tosca. From the demonic chords with which it famously begins to the violent twist of its shock ending, the tension never lets up for a moment.

Into the romantic world of an idealistic painter, Cavaradossi, and his sensuous lover Tosca comes the malevolence of Baron Scarpia, Chief of Police, with fatal results. Jonathan Kent’s taut and intense production with Paul Brown’s historically charged designs wonderfully evokes the dangerous atmosphere of Rome in 1800, where love and evil come – thrillingly – face to face.

There are gunshots during Act III of this production
Approximate running times
Act I: 50 minutes
Interval: 25 minutes
Act II: 45 minutes
Interval: 25 minutes
Act III: 30 minutes
Sung in Italian with English surtitles


The performance of Tosca on Wednesday 15 December is being broadcast in cinemas. Find a screening near you.

Season Principal

Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing, Aud Jebsen, the Friends of Covent Garden and the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund



Rome in 1800 is in political chaos. Cesare Angelotti, a former consul of the short-lived Roman Republic, has escaped imprisonment, and seeks refuge in the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle. The painter and republican sympathizer Mario Cavaradossi promises to hide him at his country villa. Baron Scarpia, Rome's tyrannical Chief of Police, suspects that Cavaradossi has helped Angelotti to escape. He persuades the painter's lover, opera singer Floria Tosca, whom he himself desires, that Cavaradossi has betrayed her. She leaves to confront Cavaradossi at his villa and Scarpia orders his men to follow her, in the hope they'll find Angelotti.

Scarpia arrests Cavaradossi, and tortures him in Tosca's presence until she reveals Angelotti's hiding place. Scarpia subsequently condemns Cavaradossi to death. Alone with Tosca, Scarpia tells her that he will save Cavaradossi - but only if Tosca spends the night with him. Will Tosca yield to the man she hates to save the man she loves?


Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.


CompanyThe Royal Opera

MusicGiacomo Puccini

LibrettoGiuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

DirectorJonathan Kent

Revival DirectorAmy Lane

DesignerPaul Brown

Lighting designerMark Henderson


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