Giacomo Puccini
The State Opera
Traditional adaptation
Popular title
Famous draft
English subtitles

Due to the government shutdown are the box offices of the National Theatre closed from 27th of December, 2020.

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    March 2021

    Thursday 18. 3.

    Ticket sales suspended

    Traditional adaptation
    Popular title
    Famous draft

    Basic information


    The State Opera

    Approximate running time

    3 hours, 1 intermission


    In Italian, subtitles in Czech, English


    January 28, 2017

    Puccini saw in Florence a performance of La Tosca, an acclaimed play by the French author Victorien Sardou, an engrossing melodrama about love and hate, passion and death, against the backdrop of political intrigues and the struggle for freedom and independence, written for the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt, who, according to the period testimonies, dazzled in the lead role. Even though the critics castigated Sardou’s play for containing excessive violence, the audience loved it, and Puccini was no exception.


    • 2020-2021


    Musical preparation
    Andreas Sebastian Weiser
    Stage director
    Arnaud Bernard
    Lighting design
    Arnaud Bernard
    Assistant stage director
    Angela Kleopatra Saroglou
    Co-costume designer
    Marianna Stránská
    Chorus master
    Adolf Melichar


    State Opera Orchestra
    Chorus Kühn's children choir, choirmaster: Jiří Chvála  

    The premiere of the opera, on 14 January 1900 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, was a resounding success. Although some scorned it, including Gustav Mahler, who refused to conduct it, referring to the work as a “Meistermachwerk” (sham masterpiece), and Richard Strauss, who dismissed it in even harsher terms, the opera was admired by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schönberg.

    Today, the opera-thriller about the diva Tosca, her lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and the malicious police chief Baron Scarpia, set in 1800 in Rome during the time of Napoleonic wars, is one of the most popular operas worldwide.

    Puccini’s Tosca was first staged in Bohemia by the National Theatre in Prague, on 21 November 1903. The next year, on 8 September 1904, the opera was performed at the New German Theatre and has ever since been a permanent part of the repertoire on the stage of what is now the State Opera.

    The most recent production, premiered on 7 June 1999 at the State Opera Prague, revitalised Josef Svoboda’s legendary sets dating from the period of the Fifth of May Grand Opera (1947). The renowned French director Arnaud Bernard has been invited to stage the new production of Tosca.

    Intervals after Act I and II. Approximate running time, including intermissions: 3 hours, two 20-minute intermissions


    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at any of our box offices.

    What to wear?

    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

    Parking at the State opera

    While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.