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13 - 22 JUNE 2019


Often described as the greatest opera of them all, Tosca embraces the grand themes of the human spirit brought to life by one of the greatest composers of them all, Giacomo Puccini.

Tosca will transport QPAC’s Lyric Theatre to 1970s Italy where political and religious tensions are at breaking point.

Tosca, a famous opera singer, is devoted to painter Cavaradossi but Scarpia, the tyrannical Chief of Police, has his own plans for her. What ensues is a gripping tale of lust, betrayal and cold-blooded murder that careens at breakneck pace.

This new production directed by Opera Queensland’s Artistic Director Patrick Nolan and conducted by Oliver von Dohnányi features an all-star company headlined by New York-based Australian soprano Rachelle Durkin, Angus Wood, Sam Hartley and José Carbó.

In a world of political tyranny and widespread intolerance, Tosca offers a timeless plea for artistic and political freedom.

This is opera where women are not afraid to fight for their right to be equal.

“A production whose intelligence and clarity successfully merged great opera with withering social commentary.” THE AUSTRALIAN

“Reminiscent of a fast-paced thriller…truly unbelievable to watch and listen.” THE CREATIVE ISSUE

“…an extravaganza; a unique and successful revitalising of one of the world’s most sacrosanct cultural artefacts.” XSENTERTAIN

“A triumph…a grand and very exciting production.” STAGE WHISPERS

“Even if you don’t think you’re into opera you should see this production.” THE COURIER MAIL

“Angus Wood and Rachelle Durkin’s chemistry was electrifying” BROADWAY WORLD


Thursday 13 June, 7.30pm
Saturday 15 June, 7.30pm
Tuesday 18 June, 6.30pm
Thursday 20 June, 7.30pm
Saturday 22 June, 1.30pm

Lyric Theatre QPAC

Tickets from $94 – $184



Tosca costume design sketches by Dale Ferguson



Conductor Oliver von Dohnányi
Director Patrick Nolan
Sets and Costumes Dale Ferguson
Lighting Mark Howett
Chorus Master Narelle French
Assistant Director Laura Hansford
Fight Director Nigel Poulton


Tosca Rachelle Durkin
Cavaradossi Angus Wood
Scarpia José Carbó
Spoletta Gregory Massingham
Sciarrone David Hibbard
Angelotti Sam Hartley
Sacristan & Gaoler Shaun Brown
Cleaner (Shepherd Solo) Jessica Low

Opera Queensland Chorus
Opera Queensland Children’s Chorus
Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Pre-concert talk 1 hour prior to all performances except 13 & 20 June.
Sung in Italian with English Surtitles.
Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including one 20 minute interval.
Audio descriptions available 18 June.
WARNING: This production contains graphic violence and gunshot effects.


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