Tosca opens in Sydney on February 17

Tosca is a war drama that draws you in from the first notes and holds you fast, as a gripping story of love, lust and betrayal that unfolds at breakneck pace.
John Bell's intense production relocates the opera to Nazi-occupied Rome, seeking to recapture the shock Puccini's original audience might have felt seeing a war they remembered, depicted on stage. Bell doesn't want you to watch a tragedy of fiction.
"This is a true story: it has happened many, many times over throughout history, it happened during the world wars, it's happening now, somewhere in the world," he explains. "A tyrannical regime, resistance fighters hunted down, women forced to give sexual favours in order to protect a loved one — these things are still happening, and always have been, during war."
It's a reality we all recognise, that we see on the news: the everyday banality of evil.
The sets are truly awe-inspiring, from the perfect recreation of a Roman basilica, to the cold impassive power of Scarpia's fascist headquarters.
In Tosca, some of the most powerful music in opera must be sung by three powerhouse performers, and here, glorious voices led by Spanish soprano Ainhoa Arteta, Romanian tenor Teodor Ilincai, Italian baritone Lucio Gallo, and conducted by Christian Badea, will make you fall under Tosca's spell.