Arcola Theatre


Directed by: Julia Burbach

Tosca, a young singer devoted to the painter Cavaradossi, lives for art and love. Baron Scarpia, head of Rome’s secret police, lives for power and influence. When a political prisoner breaks free and is hidden by Cavaradossi, the plotting begins. Can Tosca defend herself and protect her lover’s secret, or will she be ensnared by Scarpia’s devious schemes?

Love, lust, corruption and murder collide in Tosca: one of the best-loved operas of all time. This bold new production shines the light and shade of film noir on to Puccini’s masterpiece, imbuing the drama with all the suspense of a Hitchcock thriller.

Royal Opera House Staff Director Julia Burbach reunites with soprano Natasha Jouhl and baritone Freddie Tong after their critically-lauded Madama Butterfly at Grimeborn last year. Richard Leach brings the full richness of Puccini’s score to life with a dynamic piano arrangement.

It makes for an unmissable opening to Grimeborn on this, its tenth anniversary.

Performed in Italian with English surtitles