Female Characters in TV to Get to Know Before Seeing Tosca

Women Rock – on television, in film and in opera – Tosca Rocks!

Sondra Radvanovsky as the title character in Tosca (2013); Photo: Robert Millard

Sondra Radvanovsky as the title character in Tosca (2013); Photo: Robert Millard

Girl Power has been around a long time – and it’s at the center of many conversations today. The more we’ve gotten to know the title character of Tosca – in anticipation of its opening on April 22nd  – it’s clear that she is the epitome of Girl Power. She’s certainly not a wallflower – she’s courageous, she’s loyal and she’s fierce. In the spirit of Tosca, we’ve rounded up some powerful women and their stories to get us inspired and in the mood.

Daenerys – Game of Thrones

Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke); Photo: @HBO

Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke); Photo: @HBO

Daenerys rose from being sold by her brother in exchange for an army to becoming one of the most powerful forces in the Seven Kingdoms. Whether she’s freeing the slaves in Meereen or blowing up enemy ships via her dragons, she’s a total fighter. Judging from the latest promo, Daenerys will continue fighting for what she wants – the Iron Throne. Like Tosca, she controls her destiny.

Annalise Keating – How To Get Away with Murder

Annalise Keating (Viola Davis); Photo: @howtogetawaywithmurder

Annalise Keating (Viola Davis); Photo: @howtogetawaywithmurder

Annalise Keating is arguably TV’s best anti-heroine. After all, the bodies do pile up in How To Get Away with Murder and Keating always seems to be involved one way or another. You’d think that’d scare her, but instead she gets scrappy – she formulates many a plan to wiggle her way (and those around her) out from between a rock and a hard place. Or places, rather. Like Tosca, Keating is unapologetic in using any means to fight for what she believes is right and what keeps her going — even commit murder (Spoiler Alert: Tosca doesn’t get away with it).

Olivia Pope – Scandal

Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington); Photo: @scandalabc

Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington); Photo: @scandalabc

Olivia Pope makes people’s dreams comes true – political fixer style. She conquers Washington D.C.’s seedy underbelly of crime and corruption for the greater good. Just like Tosca, she’s a fighter.

Claire Fraser – Outlander

Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe); Photo: @outlander_starz

Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe); Photo: @outlander_starz

Claire travels back in time to be with Jamie – the 17th century man she loves. She fights in wars she previously only read about in history books to save the man she loves. Sound familiar? Like Claire, Tosca will do anything to save the man she loves.

Buffy Summers – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar); Photo: @buffythevampireslayer

Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar); Photo: @buffythevampireslayer

We know, we know. Buffy’s been off the air for some time (though the cast recently reunited for the show’s 20th anniversary), but she lives on as one of the best female characters to grace the small screen. For seven seasons, she fought the forces of darkness stopping at nothing to protect the ones she loved. While Tosca doesn’t fight demons and vampires, she does take on and kill a crooked police office. Fighters unite!

What other female characters in TV do you think are fighters like Tosca?

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One Response to Female Characters in TV to Get to Know Before Seeing Tosca

  1. Thurlene Anderson says:

    I went with students to a tech rehearsal through the OperaWise community outreach program and cannot recommend enough this production! And, a production it is – betrayal, seduction, murder, passion – all set to gorgeous Puccini.

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