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9,12,14,16 September 2023


Giacomo Puccini


Northern Ireland Opera returns in 2023 with Puccini’s ‘Tosca’, after our critically acclaimed and sold-out production of ‘La Traviata’ in 2022.

‘Tosca’ is an operatic thriller set in Rome, taking place over one day, making it one of the most intense and exciting operas ever written. Floria Tosca is a beautiful soprano, deeply in love with painter Mario Cavaradossi. When the corrupt Chief of Police, Baron Scarpia, discovers that Mario has been helping political prisoners escape, he sees a way of forcing Tosca into the ultimate sacrifice to satisfy his lust. Scarpia will entrap her and try to get rid of her lover…  who will survive? Directed and conceptualised by Cameron Menzies, performed with the Ulster Orchestra and the NI Opera Chorus.

Chorus for ‘Tosca’: click on the name for biography

Press and Media Highlights for ‘Tosca’

Reviews for Tosca

Recent Accolades for NI Opera productions

  • Winner of ‘Best Production’ at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for ‘Into The Woods’ by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, staged at the Lyric Belfast in February 2022.
  • This production has recently been remounted by West Australian Opera using our original creative team and a new Australian cast at His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth, West Australia.

Find out what some of our cast, creatives and chorus members chose as their favourite moment in ‘Tosca’:


Floria Tosca
Svetlana Kasyan

Mario Cavaradossi
Peter Auty

Baron Scarpia
Brendan Collins

Matthew Durkan

Niall Anderson

Aaron O'Hare

Connor Campbell

A Jailer
Paul McQuillan

Mollie Lucas/Alexa Thompson

Creative Team

Cameron Menzies

Eduardo Strausser

Set Designer
Niall McKeever

Costume Designer
Gillian Lennox

Lighting Designer
Ciaran Bagnall

Wigs and Make-Up Designer
Nuala Campbell

Movement Consultant
Jennifer Rooney

Assistant Conductor/Chorus Master
Matthew Quinn

Frasier Hickland

Belfast Philharmonic Choir Chorus Director
James Grossmith

Performance Partners