UBC School of Music

UBC Opera: Tosca

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Sat Nov 26 2022 7:30pm
Old Auditorium
Not part of Opera subscription.


Giacomo Puccini | Composer
Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa | Librettists

Presented by the Opera West Society in collaboration with UBC Opera

UBC Opera Ensemble
Jacques Lacombe | Conductor
Nancy Hermiston | Director
With Members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra

Full program available here on performance day

Perhaps Puccini’s greatest masterpiece, Tosca premiered on January 18, 1900. Its searingly beautiful and passionate score guaranteed its great success and established Puccini as Verdi’s successor of the 20th century. It also testified to Puccini’s skill as a man of the theatre, as the gorgeous music of Tosca seamlessly blends into the deep reverence he has for the melodrama of the original Sardou play on which the opera is based, La Tosca. While the play dropped out of theatrical rotation in the 1920s, Puccini’s version of Tosca has lived on as one of the most beloved and enduring works in the opera canon.

Filled with romance, devotion, and political intrigue, Tosca tells the story of the eponymous Tosca, a fiery and tempestuous yet pious singer, and her lover, painter Mario Cavaradossi. Embroiled in the political tensions gripping Rome during the time of Napoleon’s invasion in 1800, and with the indomitable Baron Scarpia set on capturing Cavaradossi and taking Tosca for himself, the stakes for these two lovers could not be higher. A tragic story of love and death, this emotional journey set to Puccini’s soaring score will sweep you off into Tosca’s passionate realm – and, more than likely, move you to tears.

Opera West’s debut performance, a semi-staged concert version of Tosca, will feature a stellar cast led by international opera star Sondra Radvanovsky in the eponymous role, favourite Canadian baritone Gregory Dahl as the villainous Baron Scarpia. The tenor role, Cavaradossi, will be sung by Yonghoon Lee. Canadian conductor, Jacques Lacombe will lead the distinguished guest artists, the members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and UBC Opera Ensemble in this performance of Puccini’s suspenseful, political drama set in the Napoleonic war era of the 1800s.

UBC Opera subscribers receive priority access to purchase tickets for Tosca. 

Subscription renewals on sale, Monday, July 18. New subscriptions on sale Tuesday, August 2. 

Tosca is not part of UBC Opera subscription.

Opera West Society

Praised for its rich, powerful and inventive orchestration and its charismatic, dramatic and forceful characters, which have fascinated both performers and audiences alike, Tosca remains one of the most frequently performed and recorded operas. The Opera West Society hopes that you will be moved by our debut performance and thrilled to experience it in person.

Opera West is an opera society bringing together acclaimed international opera stars in open collaboration and performance for Western Canadian audiences. Opera West seeks to connect emergent and developing Canadian operatic talent with the world’s greatest singers in fruitful artistic relationships and performance. Inspired by the greatest voices in opera, Opera West will present both classic and contemporary opera and seek to inspire and foster Western Canadian operatic performers and audiences

Buy tickets
Sat Nov 26 2022 7:30pm
Old Auditorium
Not part of Opera subscription.