Tosca | OCT 13-222018-11-26T10:35:37-03:30

FRI | OCT 13 | 7:30PM SOLD OUT
SUN | OCT 15 | 3:00PM SOLD OUT
WED | OCT 18 | 7:30PM SOLD OUT
FRI | OCT 20 | 7:30PM SOLD OUT
SUN | OCT 22 | 3:00PM SOLD OUT

Against a backdrop of war, chaos and corruption, a singer named Floria Tosca must give the performance of a lifetime to save the man she loves. Set in early 1800s Italy, Tosca is the passionate, sweeping story of three strong-willed characters destined to become masters and victims of their own fate.

FRI | OCT 13 | 7:30PM SOLD OUT
SUN | OCT 15 | 3:00PM SOLD OUT
WED | OCT 18 | 7:30PM SOLD OUT
FRI | OCT 20 | 7:30PM SOLD OUT
SUN | OCT 22 | 3:00PM SOLD OUT

Music by Giacomo Puccini | Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Adapted from the play La Tosca by Victorien Sardou
A Co-production of Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Omaha
Sung in Italian with English surtitles


David Stern*


Crystal Manich

Stage Director

Julia Noulin-Mérat

Set Designer

Deborah Newhall

Costume Designer

Paul Hackenmueller

Lighting Designer

J.T. Turner*

Fight Director

Jason Allen»

Wig and Makeup Designer

Joel T. Morain

Sound Designer

Allison Voth

Surtitle Designer


(in order of vocal appearance)

















BOSTON LYRIC OPERA ORCHESTRA – Sandra Kott, Concertmaster
BOSTON LYRIC OPERA CHORUS – Michelle Alexander, Chorusmaster
VOICES BOSTON – Steven Lipsitt, Artistic Director


ASSISTANT STAGE DIRECTORS, Kirsten Z. Cairns*, Matthew Haney*
STAGE MANAGER, Hester Warren-Steijn

* Boston Lyric Opera Debut
† Boston Lyric Opera Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist
‡ Boston Lyric Opera Jane and Steven Akin Emerging Artist Alumnus

Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre

219 Tremont Street | Boston, MA | 02116

Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre

Recognized as a Boston Historic Landmark, the Cutler Majestic combines state-of-the-art theater facilities with old world charm with impeccable acoustics originally intended for opera performances.

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Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre | TOSCA | OCT 13-22 | Boston Lyric Opera


  • Seating is divided into three levels: Orchestra, Mezzanine, and Balcony.
  • The Mezzanine and Balcony are accessible by stairs in the main lobby; there is no elevator access to these levels.
  • The Mezzanine overhangs the Orchestra after row K.


  • There is no elevator access to the Mezzanine and Balcony.
  • Restrooms are located in the lower lobby and accessible by elevator.
  • There are 30+ stairs to reach the Mezzanine and 60+ stairs to reach the Balcony.
  • Listening devices are available at the box office windows in the lobby.


  • Restrooms for all patrons are on the balcony level and the lower lobby level.


  • Concessions will be on sale for all performances and are permitted into the theater by the venue. BLO requests that candies and bags are enjoyed in the lobby prior to the performance.


  • There is no coat check available at the Cutler Majestic Theatre

Rome, June, 1800, after the fall of the short-lived Roman Republic.

Angelotti, an escaped political prisoner, seeks refuge in a church, where he finds the painter Cavaradossi, who vows to help. Tosca, an opera singer and Cavaradossi’s lover, arrives; Angelotti hides while Cavaradossi and Tosca affirm their love before she departs. A cannon announces the arrival of Scarpia, Chief of Police; the two men flee.

Scarpia enters with his men, hunting Angelotti. Tosca returns, and Scarpia probes her for information. He implies that Cavaradossi is unfaithful to her, and she furiously departs to confront him. Scarpia’s agents follow her.

Later that evening, Scarpia fantasizes about Tosca, whom he has summoned. She arrives in time to see his agents drag in the captured Cavaradossi. Scarpia questions Tosca about Angelotti while Cavaradossi is tortured. Finally, she relents. Scarpia tells Tosca he will spare her lover’s life if she gives herself to him that evening. She refuses, but eventually agrees in despair. Scarpia gives orders for a mock execution then turns to embrace her; Tosca kills him.

Later, the imprisoned Cavaradossi thinks of Tosca. She suddenly arrives, and they imagine starting a new life after his mock execution. Police agents escort Cavaradossi away; Tosca watches in hiding. The men fire and Cavaradossi falls. She rushes to him, but he is truly dead. In despair, as soldiers close in on her, Tosca makes her final choice.

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Study Guide

Fall 2017 Issue of CODA: The Magazine of Boston Lyric Opera

The Reviews are In!

“A sold-out, well-sung, and boisterously received performance…one of the most robust BLO opening nights I can recall.…The gifted young Russian soprano Elena Stikhina’s voice has unusual allure…a combination of glow and penetration, lightness and strength, at times floating above the orchestra, at times slicing through it.
Boston Globe

“One couldn’t imagine the character [of Tosca] having a better performer than soprano Elena Stikhina. Haunting and heart wrenching. Tenor Jonathan Burton sang warmly and radiantly as Cavaradossi…[he] possesses a voice of strength and beauty. His upper notes sailed freely over Puccini’s thick orchestration, and he found resonant warmth in the painter’s character.”
Boston Classical Review

A production to cherish.…Russian soprano Stikhina [is] a true gem.…In a brilliant stroke of genius, the orchestra of fifty-eight players, under Conductor David Stern, was placed ten feet above the stage to compensate for the relatively small pit in the Cutler Majestic.”
South Shore Critic

Elena Stikhina, making her American debut, is a beauty endowed with a beautiful voice and real acting ability. Stikhina sang with passion and heartbreaking beauty…she was completely convincing in the role…One hopes to hear her again, soon.…David Stern was seriously splendid…I was veryimpressed with his conducting.…Tenor Jonathan Burton made an excellent BLO debut as Cavaradossi.…The wonderful James Maddalena who sang the role of the sacristan in Act I, and the escaped prisoner Angelotti, sung by David Cushing also made fine impressions.…But übervillain Baron Scarpia, deftly portrayed by Daniel Sutin, almost stole the show.…[Burton, as] the doomed Cavaradossi sings the stunning “E lucivan le stele.” A trip to Boston Lyric Opera is worth it for this aria alone.”
Boston Musical Intelligencer

With fine playing, and stellar singing, BLO’s TOSCA made for a promising opening to the company’s new season..…Elena Stikhina made a superb Tosca. A round, rich and ample voice characterized by a beautiful, dark timbre. Her acting was convincing.…her reading of the famous aria “Vissi d’arte” could scarcely have been bettered…sung exactly as Puccini intended…gorgeous…dead-on…thrilling.…David Stern’s conducting was quite impressive…the orchestra played wonderfully under his baton. Lyrical moments were expansive, tense passages really bristled. Rarely has the prelude to Act Three sounded better…ethereal and evocative.
EDGE Boston

In the title role, soprano Elena Stikhina showcased a winning stage presence. She sang with warmth, effortless projection, true pitch, and velvety tone across her range. Her upper register was particularly resonant and brilliant…the overall hue of her voice and the conviction of her acting made Stikhina the night’s most compelling principal.…Jonathan Burton sang with intensity in his upper register; a raw, intense timbre; and securer enunciation. His duets with Stikhina built to some finely-matched climaxes that soared over the orchestra.…David Cushing delivered a muscular account of the escaped political prisoner Angelotti.…Jon Jurgens and Vincent Turregano sang menacingly as Scarpia’s henchmen Spoletta and Sciarrone (respectively), while Sara Womble made bright, fluent work of the Shepherdess’s song at the beginning of Act 3.…The BLO Orchestra [was] in rather fine fettle…its sound blossomed, reveling in Puccini’s sumptuous orchestral colors, from Ina Zdorovetchi’s lush harp arpeggios to the lyrical cello section solo near the end of Act 3. David Stern’s conducting was articulate and well-paced.

This is sheer perfection…Not-to-be missed!…Exquisite vocals by the lovely, world class, award-winning soprano, Elena Stikhina making her American debut.
Boston and Beyond

Boston Lyric Opera brings fresh and timely resonance to this 41st season opener at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre…BLO’s timely revival proves faithful to the diva’s haunting emotional odyssey and demonstrates how much this wise opera has to say about tyranny freedom, love and life itself.
Jewish Journal

“It is worth seeing BLO’s “Tosca” to hear Russian soprano Elena Stikhina make her American debut as Floria Tosca…emarkable vocal prowess…the power of [her] song poured from the stage and rushed over the audience in a wave of pure bliss. [A “Tosca”] relevant to contemporary audiences. David Stern’s physical movements and the music’s aural presence provided the audience with [a] dynamic element.
Tufts Daily

From the very first chords the full BLO orchestra never sounded so good, producing the rich and full sound the opera required. And first-time BLO conductor David Stern led his players propulsively, giving added urgency to the unfolding drama.
Berkshire Fine ARTS

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