Music Giacomo Puccini
Libretto Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi illica
English Translation                   Amanda Holden
Director/Designer Richard Studer
Conductor Jonathan Lyness
Opera Project Orchestra
Leader Catherine Black

They make it work, they deliver with punchy, impactful theatre, and they cast with strength
Opera Now, Jan/Feb 2007, The Turn of the Screw, Opera Project at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Opera Project are back at The Tobacco Factory with a new production of Tosca, Puccini’s intensely dramatic and riveting masterpiece of 1900. Set in 1800, the piece depicts the final hours of three of the most highly charged characters in all opera – Baron Scarpia, the ruthless and corrupt chief of the Roman police, the painter and revolutionary sympathiser Mario Cavaradossi and his lover, the celebrated singer Floria Tosca.

Rarely does opera lay witness to the demise of all of its major protagonists, but in Tosca we have it all – love, jealousy, lust, despair, torture and murder impregnate the story, from the opening escape of the political prisoner Cesare Angelotti to Scarpia’s final posthumous act of betrayal. Theatrically gripping from start to finish, the score is perhaps Puccini’s most lavish, with two of his most famous arias – Tosca’s ‘Vissi d’arte’ and the brilliant tenor aria ‘E lucevan le stelle’.

Opera Project’s line-up for this production is, as ever, top drawer, with three singers of major standing making their role debuts. ENO, Glyndebourne and Opera North principal soprano Kate Valentine takes on the title role with TFT’s regular favourite, Welsh tenor Robyn Lyn Evans, singing her lover Cavaradossi. To complete the trio, the notorious role of baron Scarpia is sung by internationally renowned baritone Nicholas Folwell, known throughout Europe and elsewhere for appearances in his signature role Alberich in Wagner’s mighty Ring Cycle.

Opera Project’s terrific twelve-piece orchestra plays Jonathan Lyness’s arrangement of the score, and the opera is sung in Amanda Holden’s English translation.


Floria Tosca
Mari Wyn Williams
Robyn Lyn Evans
Baron Scarpia
Nicholas Folwell
Sacristan / Sciarrone Matthew Buswell
Spoletta Jonathan Cooke
Angelotti Tristan Hambleton



27, 29, 30 September; 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14 October (7.30pm)
Tobacco Factory Theatres, Raleigh Road, Bristol BS3 1TF
0117 9020344
For tickets, please contact Tobacco Factory Theatres