Tosca opens Saturday, March 12

March 12–April 10

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CHICAGO (3/11/2022) – Puccini's Tosca brings together three of opera’s most richly drawn characters—a glamorous opera singer, a revolutionary artist, and a sinister police chief—into a potboiler of doomed love, political intrigue, and murder, all powered by some of the most gripping and passionate music ever composed for the stage.

Michelle Bradley stars in her Lyric and role debut as the impassioned heroine Tosca, Russell Thomas is her lover Cavaradossi, and Fabián Veloz makes his Lyric debut as Tosca's evil tormentor Scarpia. Eun Sun Kim, San Francisco Opera's heralded new music director, conducts the Lyric Opera Orchestra in one of the most eagerly anticipated debuts of the season.

Transporting audiences to faraway places requires the magic of great stagecraft, and director Louisa Muller is incorporating the work of legendary designers Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and Marcel Escoffier into her vision. Lyric’s new-to-Chicago production respects the history and tradition of this classic opera while heightening its suspense and drama. This Tosca bursts with a riveting theatricality that is sure to intrigue new and longtime opera lovers alike.

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Performance dates for Tosca are March 12, 15, 18, 23, 26, April 3, 7, and 10; All performances take place at the Lyric Opera House, 20 North Wacker Drive, Chicago.

Tosca is performed in Italian with projected English titles. Running time is 2 hours and 50 minutes, including two intermissions.

For tickets and information, call 312.827.5600 or go to

Lyric Opera's 2021|22 Season is presented by

Lyric Opera of Chicago thanks its Official Airline, American Airlines.

Lyric Opera of Chicago is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Lyric’s presentation of Puccini’s Tosca is generously made possible by

Frances Pietch Trust

Julius Frankel Foundation

Josef & Margot Lakonishok

Mazza Foundation

Additional support is provided by Lyric Opera of Chicago's Production Circle.

About Lyric

About Lyric

Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to redefining what it means to experience great opera. The company is driven to deliver consistently excellent artistry through innovative, relevant, celebratory programming that engages and energizes new and traditional audiences.

Under the leadership of General Director, President & CEO Anthony Freud, Music Director Enrique Mazzola, and Special Project Advisor Renée Fleming, Lyric is dedicated to reflecting, and drawing strength from, the diversity of Chicago. Lyric offers, through innovation, collaboration, and evolving learning opportunities, ever-more exciting, accessible, and thought-provoking audience and community experiences. We also stand committed to training the artists of the future, through The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center; and to becoming increasingly diverse across our audiences, staff, programming, and artists—magnifying the welcoming pull of our art form, our company, and our city.

Through the timeless power of voice, the splendor of a great orchestra and chorus, theater, dance, design, and truly magnificent stagecraft, Lyric is devoted to immersing audiences in worlds both familiar and unexpected, creating shared experiences that resonate long after the curtain comes down.

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