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A vulnerable beauty, a lecherous villain, barefaced treachery, and murder, all capped off by a spectacular suicide: Puccini never fails to provide the drama audiences crave.

Tosca will open Opera Southwest’s 2018-2019 season at the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Journal Theatre on:

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 7:30 p.m. 

Friday, November 2, 2018 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2 p.m.

Puccini’s beloved masterpiece and the deadliest opera in the repertoire, Tosca is a thrilling melodrama. It tells the dramatic story of Floria Tosca whose passionate love story is destroyed by the ultimate villain, Baron Scarpia. Hear Tosca’s piteous prayer, “Vissi d’arte” (“I lived for art”), which has been performed by Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland, to name two of the great divas who have sung the role.

Come and see Puccini’s heart-wrenching take on this theatrical tale in which no one makes it out alive. 

Soprano Melissa Citro stars as Floria Tosca, and Opera Southwest favorite Carlos Archuleta sings the infamous villain Scarpia. Tenor Alex Richardson sings Cavaradossi, Tosca’s lover. Maestro Anthony Barrese conducts as Opera Southwest’s Music Director.

Audience members can enhance their weeknight experience with A Taste of Opera – pre-show dinner available exclusively for the Wednesday night performance. For more information:

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Baron Scarpia / Carlos Archuleta

Cesare Angelotti / Paul Bower

Floria Tosca / Melissa Citro

Mario Cavaradossi / Alex Richardson

Spoletta / Joseph Cordova

The Sacristan/Joseph Hubbard

Sciarrone / Ivan Miller

Shepherd Boy/Daisy Beltran

Conductor / Anthony Barrese

Stage Director / Marco Nisticò

—Performed in Italian—English translations projected above the stage—

Upcoming in the 2018-2019 Season:

Maria de Buenos Aires – Piazzola — February 17-24 (NHCC)

La Cambiale di Matrimonio – Rossini — March 8-10 (Las Puertas)

Lohengrin — Wagner — March 31-April 7 (NHCC)


Opera Southwest’s mission is to produce quality, professional, enjoyable and accessible opera in an intimate setting for audiences of all ages.

Opera Southwest was founded in 1972 as Albuquerque Opera Theatre by Dr. Edward T. Peter, Maestro Kurt Frederick and others. The 2018-2019 season is Opera Southwest’s 46th year of producing world-class opera in Albuquerque. OSW is a professional, regional company producing two to three major operas per year selected from the best of the standard repertoire. To date OSW has produced over 120 major operas for hundreds of thousand of patrons, and we are especially proud to have mounted 23 world premieres including an opera based on Rudolfo Anaya’s blockbuster novel Bless Me, Ultima, which debuted in February 2018. 

Opera Southwest’s mission stresses community and educational themes, and we have delighted more than 180,000 youngsters with outreach programs and exciting live theater. In this way, Opera Southwest ensures a loyal following in future years as these children grow into adulthood.

Photos above by Lance Ozier/Todos Juntos Photography, official photographer for Opera Southwest.