The fiery diva Tosca, great star of the Roman stage, is desired by two men: Cavaradossi, the painter who loves her sincerely, and Scarpia, the police chief who longs to possess her. With her lover's life on the line, Tosca must submit to Scarpia's repulsive proposition ... until she sees the knife.
One of the best-loved operas of all time, 'Tosca' soars with high-stakes drama and exhilarating music, including Tosca's sweeping aria "Vissi d'arte," one of Puccini's most thrilling creations. Cincinnati Opera is proud to premiere a brand-new, period production featuring sumptuous sets and costumes from acclaimed designer Robert Perdziola (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera).
Evelina Dobraceva, a soprano with a "gleaming, focused, and powerful" (The New York Times) voice, leads the cast in the title role. Metropolitan Opera regular Marcello Giordani brings his "stunning, easy top notes" (Opera News) as her ardent lover, Cavaradossi. The menacing villain Scarpia will be sung by Cincinnati Opera favorite Gordon Hawkins.