Production :
Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

The story

In 1800, Baron Scarpia and his secret police are leading a reign of terror in Rome. Amid such repression, an opera singer, Floria Tosca, loves the painter Mario Cavaradossi, who himself is a friend of a political prisoner. Scarpia, who desires Tosca, carries out, in order to have her for himself, the most odious of blackmail by torturing her lover. An ineluctable plunge into the abyss…

Vissi d’arte

Inspired by Victorien Sardou’s play that Puccini had seen in 1889, played by the great Sarah Bernhardt, Tosca is a major work of the dramatic repertoire. This drama of passion is incredibly harnessed by a composer riding on the wave of the recent success of the tragic Manon Lescaut and La Bohème. At the dawn of the 20th century, the composer wanted to make the stage a mirror of the soul by incorporating violent scenes in his masterpiece in which the voices and orchestra roar with human passion and unbridled force. The audience in Rome required a certain amount of time to digest the ineluctable tragic swiftness of the opera.

Its success was all the more lasting, for Puccini managed to mix moments of the most sublime emotions, enchantingly poetic orchestral effects and his most famous melodies. Tosca represents the very essence of Puccini’s art and one only need mention the prayer of Floria, Vissi d’arte or the farewell of Cavaradossi, E lucevan le stele, to be convinced of the music’s immense beauty. This moving production by the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège does justice to an emblematic opera that can be considered to be a veritable musical thriller.

Introduction to performances: curtain-raisers

All the opera performances are preceded by an educational introduction open to all. They take place 30 minutes before the start of the performance, in the company of an opera specialist to provide a pertinent presentation of the work.

Plan your visit

  • Car Parks

    How to come by car?

    Car parks with discounted rate

    Discounted rate of € 6 for performances and concerts featured in our schedules (in the evening from 18.00 to 01.00 and on Sunday from 13.00 to 19.00). A validation terminal is available in the entrance hall of the Opera House (from when the doors opens).

    Neujean car park

    45, Boulevard de la Sauvenière – 4000 Liège, Belgium

    • Mon. to Fri. : open until 1 o’clock in the morning.
    • Sat. and Sun. : open all night.

    Opéra car park

    1, Galerie Opéra – 4000 Liège, Belgium
    Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

    Other car parks nearby

    • Central Park car park : 26, Place Xavier-Neujean - 4000 Liège
    • Saint-Lambert car park : Place Saint-Lambert - 4000 Liège
    • Cathédrale car park : Place de la Cathédrale - 4000 Liège

  • Catering

    For a meal or a drink during an opera or a concert

    Whether you want a drink or a meal (by booking only), the Opera Restaurant, located in the prestigious setting of the Foyer Grétry, welcomes you before each performance when the Theatre’s doors open.

    During the interval, the Foyer Grétry Bar (2nd floor) as well as the Salazar Bar (4th floor) are open for you to relax and quench your thirst.

    For “Opera for All” Young Audience performances and “Discovery concerts”, the Foyer Grétry Bar is open one hour before and at the end of each performance.

    For information and bookings: +32 (0) 499 42 42 62  - lydia-campoccia@hotmail.com – www.leschefsopera.be

    Drink tokens

    Drink tokens are on sale as soon as the doors of the Theatre open on performance days (in the entrance hall and the main stairs) or during the interval (in the Foyer Grétry).

    For reasons of hygiene and cleanliness, it is forbidden to bring drinks and snacks into the building.


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