2018 - 2019 Opera on the Couch

Steven Goldberg, MD and Milton Schaefer, PhD, Co-Chairs


Music by Giacomo Puccini  |  Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Sung in Italian with English supertitles

All of Rome trembled before him. Except her.
Corruption permeates every corner of Rome under Scarpia, the chief of police. When the fiery diva Tosca finds herself the target of his lust, she takes a stand in the name of all she holds sacred–art, freedom and a boundless commitment to love. Experience Puccini's melodrama with fresh eyes in this monumental new San Francisco Opera period production.

Opera's Name: TOSCA
Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Time: The performance begins at 2:00 PM and the discussions begin about 20 minutes after the final curtain.
Location: Opera Performance will be at:
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94107

Discussions will be at:
Books, Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94103
Discussants: Lee Rather, PhD and Amy Tyson, MD

Drs. Lee Rather and Amy Tyson will discuss Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. When the fiery diva Tosca finds herself the object of the lust of the evil chief of police, Scarpia, she takes a stand in the name of goodness, art and love. The opera includes some of the most beautiful, soaring music in the entire opera canon.  We invite all member of SFCP to attend both the opera and the discussion or just the opera on the couch discussion.

For the opera performance, please purchase your ticket(s) at the San Francisco Opera's website.  For the post-performance discussion, these discussions are FREE and open to the public. There will be time for questions, and audience members may share their thoughts on these thought-provoking operas.