Northern Ireland Opera stages Tosca at The Grand Opera House, Belfast – 9, 12, 14 and 16 Sept

Directed by Cameron Menzies
Performed with the Ulster Orchestra and the NI Opera Chorus

9, 12, 14, 16 September, 7.30pm, Grand Opera House, Belfast

Northern Ireland Opera today announces a magnificent new production of Puccini’s Tosca, directed by Artistic Director Cameron Menzies, opening at Belfast’s Grand Opera House this September.

Following a critically-acclaimed production of La Traviata last year (September 2022) which proved to be the Grand Opera House’s fastest-selling opera ever, this record-breaking National opera company returns with its 24-strong chorus of Northern Irish and Irish talent, joining forces once again with the Ulster Orchestra, to perform from 9. – 16 September.

Tosca is a thriller set in Rome, taking place over the course of 24 hours, making it one of the most intense and exciting operas ever written.

Floria Tosca is a beautiful soprano, deeply in love with painter Mario Cavaradossi. When the corrupt Chief of Police, Baron Scarpia, discovers that Mario has been helping political prisoners escape, he sees a way of forcing Tosca into the ultimate sacrifice to satisfy his lust. Scarpia will entrap her and try to get rid of her lover…  who will survive?

Artistic Director Cameron Menzies comments: “After the critical success and audience response to last year’s production of La Traviata, we are very excited to be able to bring to life a masterpiece such as Tosca by Puccini. Gathering our forces alongside the Grand Opera House, the Ulster Orchestra and showcasing the second year of commitment to the Chorus Development Program is thrilling for us as a company.  Our NI Opera Chorus is becoming one of our greatest assets and allows the company to work with many NI artists to stage and perform some of the most moving music written in the operatic canon.  We can’t wait to be able to share this new production with our audiences.”

Ian Wilson, Grand Opera House Chief Executive said: “We are thrilled to welcome NI Opera back to their home following the sell-out success of La Traviata last year, the fastest-selling opera on record at the Grand Opera House. Cameron Menzies is taking opera at the theatre to new heights, and we are delighted to support the company’s work.”

“Alongside the work on stage, NI Opera and the Grand Opera House teams will create and deliver an exciting and engaging outreach programme aimed at connecting communities and audiences with one of the greatest operas ever written.”

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music and Opera, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said, “The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is hugely proud to be principal funder of Northern Ireland Opera and the Ulster Orchestra who make their return to the Grand Opera House this September with Tosca. We’re delighted to once again see the cast feature a wealth of local artists, offering amazing professional development opportunities for them to work alongside world-class talent.”


Cameron joined the organisation in November 2020, and is leading this award-winning national opera company into an exciting new era. Its philosophy of artistic excellence and risk-taking, is underpinned by a bold and imaginative approach to programming and productions. Tosca marks Cameron’s fifth production since he took the helm at NI Opera mid-pandemic in 2020. All four of NI Opera’s most recent shows under his leadership have received critical-acclaim.

PRESS NIGHT: 9 September 2023, 7.30pm

Listings information:

Venue: The Grand Opera House, Belfast
Dates: 4 dates: 9, 12, 14, 16 September 2023
Time: 7.30pm
Prices: From £17.50 to £52 including booking fee.
Booking Link:
Address: Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7HR

Box office: 028 9024 1919

Twitter: @NIOpera Insta: @northernirelandopera

Previous Praise for Northern Ireland Opera’s work

‘Northern Ireland Opera’s La Traviata suggests that the artistic director Cameron Menzies has at long last realised the region’s ambition to have a grand opera company truly deserving of the name.’
Opera Magazine, 2022.

‘One of the Classical Music highlights of 2022’
La Traviata ranked no. 2 in The Observer, December 2022.

‘Storms along with such irresistible zest’, 4 Stars, Into The Woods at the Lyric, Belfast.
The Times Feb, 2022.

‘Opera at its Finest’, 5 Stars,
La Bohéme, Opera Now Magazine, Dec 2021 at Belfast’s Carlisle Memorial Church in September 2021.

The cinematic experience Old Friends And Other Days has been the winning film at four independent film festivals including Paris Short Film Awards 2021.

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