The Canadian Opera Company's TOSCA Is A Sweeping Opera Experience

Tosca runs for eight performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on May 5, 7, 11, 13, 19, 21, 23, and 27, 2023.

The Canadian Opera Company's TOSCA Is A Sweeping Opera Experience

The Canadian Opera Company's 2022/2023 mainstage programming concludes with a gorgeous production of the Puccini masterpiece, bringing together big emotions, huge voices, and a riveting storyline.

The edge-of-your-seat thriller takes audiences on a dramatic rollercoaster that unfolds over the course of just 24 hours in the story, as the celebrated singer Tosca is faced with a terrible ultimatum: submit to the desires of the corrupt police chief Scarpia, or watch her beloved Cavaradossi die. Tosca runs for eight performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on May 5, 7, 11, 13, 19, 21, 23, and 27, 2023.

Two acclaimed sopranos star as the opera's tempestuous and tragic lead character. Sinéad Campbell-Wallace of Ireland, who The Guardian has lauded for her "blaz[ing]" voice, full of "great lyrical warmth," makes her COC debut, while Keri Alkema reprises the role from the COC's 2017 production of Tosca, having last dazzled Toronto audiences in Rusalka (2019), with her "appealing [vocal] brew of dark and creamy colors" (The New York Times).

Italian tenor Stefano La Colla makes another COC debut as Cavaradossi; La Colla has been praised for his vocal "strength and flexibility" (Chicago Classical Review) and, in performing the role of the lovelorn painter was praised by The New York Times for his "firm, bright voice and ringing high notes." British baritone Roland Wood returns to Toronto, bringing "great dramatic fire" (The Guardian) to the villainous Scarpia.

Canadian-Irish tenor Michael Colvin, known for his "superb" performances (San Francisco Classical Voice), is Spoletta, alongside Canadian-British bass-baritone Giles Tomkins as Sciarrone, two of Scarpia's accomplices. American bass-baritone Christian Pursell makes his COC debut as Angelotti, an escaped political prisoner, while Italian bass Donato Di Stefano and Ensemble Studio bass-baritone Alex Halliday join the cast as a Sacristan and Jailer, respectively.

Award-winning opera director Paul Curran returns to the COC, alongside assistant director Marilyn Gronsdal, at the helm of a production The Globe and Mail has called "a night at the cinematic opera" for its fast-paced action and "beautiful musical construction." Sets and costumes from designer Kevin Knight immediately transport audiences to 19th-century Rome, a period of political turbulence that mirrors the drama unfolding onstage. Meanwhile, atmospheric lighting from designer David Martin Jacques sets the tone for the thrilling tale of lust, murder, and revenge.

Puccini's rich, romantic score is a stunning accomplishment in dramatic musical storytelling with show-stopping arias and gripping duets that make it one of the most performed operas of all time. In the heart-wrenching "E lucevan le stelle" ("And the stars were shining brightly"), listeners are fully immersed in Cavaradossi's inner turmoil, while the famous soprano showpiece "Vissi d'arte" ("I lived for art") is a spellbinding moment of perfect beauty that is often performed in recital worldwide. Italian conductor Giuliano Carella makes his COC debut at the podium, conducting the acclaimed COC Orchestra, and Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst leads the COC Chorus through the opera's powerful choral moments that include the extraordinary Act 1 closer, "Te Deum."

Tosca is sung in Italian and presented by the COC with English SURTITLES.

Single tickets for Tosca range from $35 - $250 for adults, with Grand Ring seats available at $290 and $350, and $22 tickets available for guests between the ages of 16 and 29 through the COC's Opera Under 30 program. Tickets can be purchased online at Click Here or by calling the Four Seasons Centre Box Office at 416-363-8231. For more information on booking student groups, standing room, and rush tickets, as well as other specially priced tickets available to young people under the age of 15, please visit Click Here.


Set and Costume Designer Samantha McCue Honoured With 2023 Pauline McGibbon Award

Theatre designer Samantha McCue is the recipient of the 2023 Pauline McGibbon Award. This award is presented to an Ontario-resident professional artist in the early stages of their career who has contributed to the well-being of Ontario's theatre community, displays unique talent and has the potential for excellence. 

9th Dream Serenade Comes to Massey Hall in October

Massey Hall presents the 9th Dream Serenade on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at Massey Hall. The annual benefit concert is a celebration of Toronto’s community of children with exceptionalities and their caregivers, created by Toronto musician Hayden Desser and his wife Christie Greyerbiehl.

Steve Earle Brings ALONE AGAIN - SOLO & ACOUSTIC Tour to Massey Hall in August

Massey Hall presents Steve Earle for his Alone Again – Solo & Acoustic tour on Friday, August 25, 2023, with special guest Ron Sexsmith. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 2, 2023 at 10am ET .

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Comes to the Stratford Festival in June

With a series of hit classic comedies under his belt at Stratford, Chris Abraham is bringing one of Shakespeare’s finest, Much Ado About Nothing, to vivid life at the Festival Theatre. This beloved romantic comedy, featuring Graham Abbey and Maev Beaty, starts previews today.


#repshow# in[i]# Wizard of Oz: The Panto
Huron Country Playhouse South Huron Stage (6/07-6/25)
#repshow# in[i]# Sh-Boom: Life Could Be A Dream
Drayton Festival Theatre (8/16-9/03)
#repshow# in[i]# Inge(new) - In search of a Musical
Red Sandcastle Theatre (5/25-6/04)
#repshow# in[i]# The New Canadian Curling Club
Drayton Festival Theatre (7/13-7/29)
#repshow# in[i]# Without Whom
Studio Space @ Alumnae Theatre (5/25-6/01)
#repshow# in[i]# Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge (5/17-6/10)
#repshow# in[i]# Magic Mel
Wychwood Theatre (6/03-6/04)VIDEOS
#repshow# in[i]# Fireside Munsch: Classics
Wychwood Theatre (7/28-8/06)
#repshow# in[i]# The Second City Presents: 50 Years of Funny
Theatre ’73 (5/04-7/31)
#repshow# in[i]# BenTastic! Family Magic Show
Wychwood Theatre (6/03-6/04)VIDEOS

Recommended For You