Select Hannover: Hannover Lounge


Information in German

More Languages

Deutsch Nederlands Francais Espagnol italiano portuguese norwegian japanese svenska polski russian chinese dansk korean turkish eesti arabic suomi

Join us!

Welcome to Niedersachsen

recently modified:



Giacomo Puccinis most dramatic and relentless work opens the new season at the opera house.

The first opera of the new season marks simultaneously the Hannover-debut of two directresses: Alexandra Szemerédy and Magdolna Parditka who are known for their unconventional stage work. At the state opera Hannover they are going to direct one of the most played operas of the world - "Tosca".

Genesis of a Masterpiece

The world premier of "La Tosca" as a dramatic play took place in 1887 in Paris, France and was soon to become a major hit at European stages. Two years late Puccini came to know the play and, after some vacillation, obtained the rights to turn the work into an opera in 1895. Turning the wordy French play into a succinct Italian opera took four years, thus "Tosca" premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on 14 January 1900. 

Brief Synopsis

"Tosca" tells the story of the love between the famous opera singer Floria Tosca and the painter and political activist Mario Cavaradossi. Cavaradossi sends the political escapee and former Roman Consul-General, Cesare Angelotti, to hide down the well in his garden. The evil Baron Scarpia is determined to have Tosca for himself, and invites her to supper in order to discover the whereabouts of Angelotti. He orders the torture of Cavaradossi in her earshot. Unable to bear his screams of pain, Tosca willingly gives up the information – but not before she has persuaded Scarpia to allow her and her lover to escape from Rome. He insists that to satisfy the authorities, Cavaradossi must undergo a mock execution, and arranges this with one of his henchmen, Spoletta. He then provides Tosca with a note of safe-conduct for her and her lover. As Scarpia attempts to ravish Tosca, she stabs him. Before his body is discovered, she rushes to the prison in the Castel Sant'Angelo to tell Cavaradossi that he has to face the firing squad, that the muskets will contain blanks, and he will have to act his death. But Scarpia has tricked Tosca - the bullets are real! As Cavaradossi lies dead and Scarpia's henchmen approach, Tosca is left with no alternative and takes her own life.

Event(s): 30.10.2016 
from 16:30 to 18:15 o'clock
from 19:30 to 21:45 o'clock
from 19:30 to 21:45 o'clock
from 19:30 to 21:45 o'clock

Staatsoper Hannover

  • Opernplatz 1
  • 30159 Hannover
Advance sale:

Sung in Italian with German surtitles.

Admittance one hour before performance.

02.10.2014, 7:30 p.m.
11.10.2014, 7:30 p.m.
14.10.2014, 7:30 p.m.
24.10.2014, 7:30 p.m.
26.10.2014, 4:00 p.m.

07.11.2014, 7:30 p.m.
15.11.2014, 7:30 p.m.
29.11.2014, 7:30 p.m.

17.12.2014, 7:30 p.m.
28.12.2014, 6:30 p.m.

03.01.2015, 7:30 p.m.
10.01.2015, 7:30 p.m.
22.01.2015, 7:30 p.m.

Das erleuchtete Opernhaus bei Nacht. © Marek Kruszewski