Puccini’s masterpiece Tosca returns to the Met on March 18 with Jennifer Rowley, Joseph Calleja, and Wolfgang Koch

Puccini’s masterpiece Tosca returns to the Met on March 18 with Jennifer Rowley, Joseph Calleja,

and Wolfgang Koch


  • Carlo Rizzi, who has conducted more than 200 performances at the Met, returns to lead the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra


  • Sir David McVicar’s massive production faithfully recreates the three iconic Roman settings of the opera: the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle, the Palazzo Farnese, and the Castel Sant’Angelo


New York, NY (March 18, 2019)—Puccini’s celebrated tragedy Tosca returns to the Metropolitan Opera for six performances of Sir David McVicar’s production, March 18–April 6, 2019. Jennifer Rowley sings the title role of the diva heroine opposite Joseph Calleja, who portrays her lover Cavaradossi. Wolfgang Koch makes his Met debut as the villainous Scarpia and veteran Met performer Philip Cokorinos is the Sacristan. Conductor Carlo Rizzi returns to lead the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.


Tosca Radio Broadcasts

The April 6 performance of Tosca will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 75, and will also be broadcast over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.


Tosca Artist Biographies

American soprano Jennifer Rowley sang the role of Tosca at the Met last season. She made her company debut as Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème in 2014, and since then has sung roles such as Roxane in Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac and Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Other recent performances include Leonora at Paris Opera, Tosca at Nashville Opera, and Musetta at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Also this season at the Met, she sang the title role in a new production of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur.

Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja made his Met role debut earlier this season as Cavaradossi, a role he has also performed at the Bavarian State Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He made his Met debut as the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto in 2006,followed by Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth,Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème,Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role in Gounod’s Faust,Gabriele Adorno in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, and Pollione in the Met’s new production of Bellini’s Norma. This season, he sings Pollione at the Bavarian State Opera, the Duke at Vienna State Opera, and Don José in Bizet’s Carmen and Edgardo at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

German bass-baritone Wolfgang Koch makes his Met debut as Scarpia. He has sung extensively in his native Germany in a variety of Wagner roles, including Wotan/Wanderer in Der Ring des Nibelungen, Klingsor in Parsifal, the title role in Der Fliegende Holländer, and Wolfram in Tannhäuser. Recent and upcoming performances include Barak in Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Vienna State Opera and Hamburg State Opera, Don Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Bavarian State Opera, and Jochanaan in Strauss’s Salome and Hans Sachs in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Munich Opera Festival.

American bass Philip Cokorinos adds a new role to his repertory as the Sacristan. A winner of the Met’s National Council Auditions, he made his Met debut as the Doctor in Verdi’s Macbeth in 1988, and has since been seen in more than 400 performances. Roles include Johann in Massenet’s Werther, Benoit/Alcindoro in Puccini’s La Bohème, and Antonio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Other recent performances include Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen and Sacristan at LA Opera. This season at the Met, he also sang Amantio di Nicolao in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, part of Il Trittico, and Billy Jackrabbit in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West.

Italian conductor Carlo Rizzi made his Met debut conducting La Bohème in 1993. Since then, he has conducted over 200 performances with the company, including Bellini’s Norma, Verdi’s La Traviata and Aida, and Puccini’s Turandot and Tosca. The Italian conductor was music director of the Welsh National Opera from 1992 to 2001 and 2004 to 2008, and has conducted at opera houses including La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opera, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Also this season, he conducted Boito’s Mefistofele at the Met.


For More Information

For further details on Tosca, including casting by date, please click here.





Music by Giacomo Puccini

Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica



Monday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m.




Carlo Rizzi 


Sir David McVicar

Set and Costume Designer

John Macfarlane

Lighting Designer

David Finn

Movement Director

Leah Hausman






Jennifer Rowley


Joseph Calleja



Wolfgang Koch*

Philip Cokorinos





*Met debut



Production a gift of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr;

The Paiko Foundation; and Dr. Elena Prokupets, in memory of her late husband,

Rudy Prokupets


Major funding from Rolex


Revival a gift of NPD Group, Inc.


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