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Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924). Libretto Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giocosa, based on the play La Tosca by Victorien Sardou.

A fiery love-triangle drama by Puccini, the master.

  • Duration

    Approx 3 h, including 2 intervals

  • Stage

    Main Stage

  • Genre


  • Language

    Italian, with Swedish and English titles.

  • Price

    150–690 kr

  • Accessibility

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The opera connects with the audience on a deeply emotional level with an incredibly strong heroine and a truly cruel villain. All captured by Puccini’s achingly beautiful melodies.

“A timeless opera classic.” Göteborgs-Posten
“A magnificent operatic experience.” Borås Tidning

Puccini’s beloved opera tells the story of the singer Floria Tosca, the artist she loves and the chief of police she detests – a love triangle plotted like a thriller that unfolds over the course of 24 hours.

Tosca is in love with the revolutionary and poet Mario Cavaradossi. He is arrested by brutal chief of police Scarpia, who lusts after Tosca and plans to exploit her love for Cavaradossi in order to have his wicked way. Tosca refuses to play along but the price is high. This destructive power struggle is adorned by arias such as Tosca’s prayer “Vissi d’arte" and Cavaradossi’s emotionally devastating “È lucevan le stelle".

American-Italian director Lorenzo Mariano’s Tosca is a homage to the era of Hollywood film noir. The action takes place in 1930s Italy, a dark and dramatic period marked by Mussolini’s oppressive Fascist regime. This production had its Gothenburg premiere in 2011.

The three leading roles are illuminated by a trio of the Göteborg Opera’s own stars: Carolina Sandgren, Tomas Lind and Mats Persson. Italian conductor Giordano Bellincampi alternates with the Göteborg Opera’s house conductor Aivis Greters.


Floria ToscaCarolina Sandgren
Mario CavaradossiTomas Lind
Baron ScarpiaMats Persson
Cesare Angelotti

Kristian Lindroos

SacristanMats Almgren

Her­björn Thordarson

Prison guardDaniel Hayes

Photos from the performance

In photo:  Carolina Sandgren, Tomas Lind|Photographer:  Lennart Sjöberg

Curious about Tosca?


One hour prior to each Main Stage opera, we offer an introduction (in Swedish) to the evening’s performance. Introductions last around 20 minutes and are held on the Small Stage.

Please note: introductions are presented in Swedish, and there is no introduction before the premiere performance.

Learn more about our introductions, panel discussions and open rehearsals

Curious about Tosca?


The Opera Bar will be open for all performances of Tosca, including the revival premiere on 27 April.

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