Welcome to Overture to Tosca! Your one-stop shop for information about Opera Colorado’s 2021 production of Puccini’s Tosca. This is our first live, in-person performance since March of 2020, and we are thrilled to welcome our Opera Colorado family back to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

Many of our returning patrons will remember our pre-performance lectures hosted by music historian Betsy Schwarm. This fall, we are unfortunately unable to present these lectures for Puccini’s Tosca. But, fear not! We have created many different resources for your enjoyment digitally. Below are a selection of articles and videos to help you get to know this production before the curtain rises.

Still need tickets to our grand return to opera? Don’t miss out on this incredible production.


Q & A with Melissa Citro

Get to know our leading lady, both on and off stage. Hear how is feels stepping back into rehearsal and onto the stage after months away.

Anatomy of an Aria - "E lucevan le stelle"

Learn about one of Tosca's most-famous arias from tenor Rafael Davila and hear his beautiful performance too!

Q & A with Baritone Luis Ledesma

Meet the man behind Tosca's villainous Baron Scarpia. His long-standing passion for music has created a life he thought was only a dream.

Tosca 101 - Characters and Synopsis

Get to know the characters and plot of Tosca. No need to avoid spoilers. Knowing the general plot allows you to enjoy the full spectacle before you

Tosca 101 - Musical Themes

In a post written by music historian Betsy Schwarm, learn more about what to listen for. Puccini was a master at using musical theme to tell the story.

Tosca 101 - Setting and Scenery

Realism was very important to Puccini, and that is what our sets provide. See just how close our scenery is to real locations around Rome.

Join us at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

November 6, 9, 12, 14 | 2021
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