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Vancouver Opera Presents Tosca

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 — 1:29pm PDT
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Vancouver Opera presents Tosca from October 26th until November 3rd, opening its 2013-2014 season with Puccini’s last great 19th century opera. Featuring lavish sets and costumes, a magnificent chorus of more than 50 voices, and with 60 players in the orchestra pit, Tosca is a thrill for the senses.


In Rome in 1800, the cruel chief of police, Baron Scarpia, is consumed with desire for Floria Tosca, the city’s most celebrated singer. Using terror, extortion, and fraud, Scarpia threatens Tosca and imprisons her revolutionary lover, Mario Cavaradossi. Before Scarpia can have his way with Tosca, she plunges a knife into his heart. In the opera’s harrowing climax, the lovers are reunited, only to be betrayed, from the grave, by the evil Scarpia.

Set in a time of political and religious upheaval, Puccini’s masterful drama paints three unforgettable portraits: the fiery, pure-hearted Tosca; the passionate political idealist Mario; and the deeply depraved Scarpia. Puccini’s score is filled with soaring melody, authentic Roman atmosphere, and spellbinding tension.

Tosca has everything a really great melodrama should have: sex, politics, and religion—a jealous diva; an artist willing to die to oppose tyranny; a depraved baron hiding a lust for dominance behind a mask of piety; love, jealousy, subterfuge, spies, violence, attempted rape, murder and betrayal. Add to that several of Puccini’s greatest arias and the luscious orchestration and it’s easy to see why Tosca has been one of the most frequently staged works in the operatic repertoire. Whoever said the opera was boring had certainly never been!

Opening night is Saturday, October 26, 2013, with subsequent performances Thursday, October 31; Friday, November 1; Saturday, November 2 at 7:30pm and a matinee performance on Sunday, November 3 at 2:00pm. All performances are at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Tickets are available exclusively through the Vancouver Opera Ticket Centre online or by telephone at (604) 683-0222.

Vancouver Opera extends a special treat to Halloween night audiences. All patrons who attend the Thursday, October 31st performance of Tosca in costume will receive $10 in “Opera Bucks”, which may be used toward the purchase of a single ticket for any remaining 2013-2014 Vancouver Opera performance.

I have a pair of tickets to give away to Tosca as well, here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win tickets to #Tosca at @VancouverOpera from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, October 21, 2013. The winner will receive a pair of tickets to Tosca on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.


Vancouver Opera 2013-2014 Season

Tickets for Vancouver Opera’s 2013-2014 season are now on sale. The season includes Tosca (opening October 26th), Albert Herring (opening November 30th), Don Giovanni (opens March 1st), and Don Carlo (opens May 3rd). Follow on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their upcoming performances.

If you haven’t yet experienced the opera, I highly encourage you to do so. Ever since my first “Blogger Night at the Opera” (with Eugene Onegin in 2008) my appreciation has grown. The talent, voices, emotion, orchestra, and stunning sets that the Vancouver Opera manages to produce will blow you away.

Update The winner is Julian!

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  1. Sanaz says:

    I’d love to win these tickets

  2. rino says:

    What a great night out!

  3. tania says:

    Sounds like fun!

  4. Linda says:

    Looks fabulous.

  5. Ariel says:

    Hey! Great activity!

  6. Valerie says:

    I would love, love, love to see this. Thanks

  7. Anne Guagliardo says:

    I never saw any opera in english (i am a frenchi from france – europe) i’d love to see one in Vancouver ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks !

  8. Norma Ibarra says:

    Would love to see an opera show for my first time!

  9. Dave Lastik says:

    I would just love this!

  10. James says:


  11. Isaac says:


  12. Eric James Soltys says:

    It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the Vancouver Opera. Tosca would be fun.

  13. Rajbinder Kaur says:

    This would be a wonderful experience! thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Brent Flink says:

    That would be a great night out! (my fingers are crossed!)

  15. KayKay says:

    take me!

  16. veronica says:

    I would love tickets to Tosca. I love watching operas.

  17. Ana Perez says:

    What a lovely opportunity…hoping for a win!

  18. Shirley says:

    I love watching Italian operas.

  19. Tracy says:

    This would be a fun night out!

  20. Margaret says:

    I would love to win, and take my god daughter who has just discovered opera…

  21. Laura says:

    Would love these tickets so I can surprise my husband who is studying music at Cap U. He is dying to go but we cant afford it at the moment. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Candice says:

    Oh yes please! It’s time to expand my love for theatre.

  23. Emilia says:

    I have only been to one Opera years ago, would be thrilled to win these

  24. Julian says:

    I would love to win these tickets!

  25. Karen says:

    Would love to go to Tosca!

  26. Nikki says:

    Sounds like a lovely evening !!!

  27. Dayna Wilson says:

    I LOVE Puccini.. I did a degree in classical voice, but I never get to go to the opera these days. This would be such a nice win.

  28. cindy says:

    would love to take my daughter!

  29. Heidi says:

    Would love to go!

  30. vicky says:

    i love the Opera!

  31. Sylvia says:

    All the stars are aligned! I am off work that day, and my husband actually said to me yesterday that he wished he could go to the Opera! I really hope I can win this for my sweetheart!

  32. monique says:

    would love to take my date here

  33. Glenda says:

    It would be a pleasure to go!

  34. Dilara says:

    I’ve never been to the opera – would love to experience this.

  35. Michelle says:

    I have never been to the opera before and this sounds like it would be an amazing experience! Thanks!

  36. Peter Khoo says:

    I would love to go to the opera

  37. Michelle says:

    I would love to take my mom who will be in town!
    This will be a perfect night out for us.

  38. Sharylin says:

    This sounds like a tantalizing production

  39. vince says:

    I would so enjoy this!

  40. Paula says:

    My favourite opera !

  41. stacey says:

    would love to go to the Opera!

  42. Alice H. says:

    Sounds like a great play!

  43. Bonnie R says:

    Would love to take my Mom ๐Ÿ™‚ !

  44. Eileen says:

    Would love to go!

  45. Lisa Martin says:

    What a great prize! ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Esther says:

    It would be a blast to watch! I LOVE operas!

  47. DB says:

    this would be a wonderful production!

  48. J-J says:

    I would treat my dad!

  49. Doug Grant says:

    I’d love to win these.

  50. Olga Simon says:

    I would love to see Tosca. I enjoy listening & going to an opera.

  51. Olga S. says:

    I would love to see Tosca with my daughter. We both enjoy listening & going to an opera.

  52. Wally says:

    I would love to learn more about operas.

  53. Janet L says:

    Wow – never been to an opera. Would love to give it a try!

  54. Mandy says:

    Would be so fun to see an opera show for my first time!

  55. I would LOVE to have my own Blogger night at the opera!

  56. Debra says:

    Would love to see Tosca!

  57. Jeremy says:

    O dolci baccio languide carezze…

  58. Ramona says:

    Would love to take my dad!

  59. Maria says:

    This would be a great cultural treat for Vancity Girlfriends!

  60. Michelle W. says:

    Great date night for me and my guy!

  61. Shayne says:

    Tos-da tickets dis way!

  62. Teresa K says:

    I’d love to win.

  63. lisa says:

    yes please, haven’t been to the opera for quite some time

  64. eileen h says:

    I have never seen an Opera in person, but I have been to the movie theatre to see the Met “live”. I would take my sister, who has never been either.

  65. Louise B. says:

    I would love, love, love to win these tickets. We had Seasons ticketsd about 10 years ago and was thrilled by every performance. I even got my husband on board. thanks.

  66. SuzyQS says:

    I love opera! Pick me please!

  67. Dena says:

    Please pick me. I have never been to the opera!

  68. Randy says:

    Would love to see this production.

  69. Em says:

    Can’t imagine a better Fall eve in Van.

  70. Jeff says:

    Sounds good.

  71. Katie says:

    I’ve wanted to take my bf to an opera to show him how fabulous they are!

  72. luc says:

    It will lovely to be able to watch the opera from an orchestra seat!

  73. erin says:

    Would love to take my new husband!

  74. tazim says:

    I haven’t been to the opera in a few years and miss it! I would love to see this one especially.

  75. Ai says:

    Sounds great to go to this opera!

  76. Crystal says:

    Would love to take my 17 year old daughter.

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