This winter, Opera Australia commemorates the centenary of Giacomo Puccini’s passing with a spectacular lineup at the Sydney Opera House, beginning with Edward Dick’s highly acclaimed production of Tosca, opening on June 25, 2024. 

Set against a backdrop of passion, power, jealousy, and betrayal, Tosca unravels its gripping story within a relentless 24-hour timeframe, making it a quintessential opera experience for loyal opera fans as well as those new to opera.

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The production is a visual and auditory feast, featuring Renaissance-inspired set designs by Tom Scutt, who has created a striking stage beneath a gilded dome that unveils a breathtaking fresco. Complementing this grandeur, BAFTA-winning costume designer Fotini Dimou adds a touch of contemporary elegance, while Lee Curran’s stadium-style lighting enhances the dramatic atmosphere.

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Karah Son as Tosca. Photo Credit: Jeff Busby.

Northern Irish soprano Giselle Allen is set to make her Opera Australia debut, sharing the titular role with OA veteran Karah Son, whose recent portrayal in Melbourne garnered critical acclaim. 

Korean tenor Young Woo Kim will grace the Sydney Opera House stage for the first time as the passionate painter Cavaradossi, while the menacing Scarpia will be brought to life by Armenian baritone Gevorg Hakobyan and local favourite Warwick Fyfe.

Renowned conductor Johannes Fritzsch will lead the OA Orchestra through the initial performances, with OA’s Head of Music Tahu Matheson taking the baton for the latter half of the season.

Don’t miss this stunning tribute to one of opera’s greatest composers at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Performance information

  • June 25, 29, July 2, 4, 6, 10, 18, 27, 31 (Evenings at 7.30pm)
  • Aug 7, 10, 12, 14, 16 (Evenings at 7.30pm)
  • Saturday Matinees at 12.00pm on 13 July and 3 August.
  • Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
  • Purchase tickets here.