“love, murder and suicide all play their part in a tragic tale of war-torn love”

love, murder, and suicide all play their part in a tragic tale of war-torn love




12-19 NOVEMBER 2016

Tosca is one Giacomo Puccini’s masterpieces, full of strong drama, with a palpable atmosphere of dread, based on events set in Rome on the afternoon, evening and morning of the 17th and 18th June 1800.


Nicholas Braithwaite led a sensitive and nuanced performance of the score, exploring the many colours in the rich orchestration and musical tone painting for which this work is famous

LimelightLeah Blankendaal

Ladner's rich, powerful voice conveyed enormous versatility, able to move one to tears as when she sang that final duet, or as earlier with her wistfully reflective prayer “Vissi d’arte”.

BachtrackBrain Angus

The State Opera show begins with action and doesn’t cease its momentum until the dying notes.

In DailyGreg Elliott


Floria Tosca Kate Ladner
Mario Cavaradossi Rosario La Spina
Baron Scarpia Mario Bellanova
Angelotti Jeremy Tatchell
Sacristan John Bolton Wood
Sciarrone Pelham Andrews
The Gaoler Robert England

State Opera Chorus
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra


Conductor Nicholas Braithwaite
Director Cath Dadd
Design Ashley Martin-Davies
Lighting Design Nigel Levings