Girl Power Playlist

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

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

Opera has some of the gutsiest heroines that you don’t want to mess with who have killer arias –anthems as empowering awe-inspiring as your favorite Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and Katy Perry songs.

Before seeing our upcoming production of Tosca –whose title character is one gutsy heroine – check out our list of music that gets you in that girl power spirit.

Tosca’s Act III aria (“Il tuo sangue o il mio amore”) – Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (opens at LA Opera on April 22)

Tosca will do anything for Cavaradossi, the man she loves – even resort to murder. In Act III, Tosca tells Cavaradossi exactly what she had to do to save his life. It’s one of the most climactic moments in the opera and showcases just how gutsy Tosca can be.

“Habanera” – Carmen by Georges Bizet (opens at LA Opera September 9)

Opera doesn’t get much more girl power than Carmen’s “Habanera.” Here, Carmen tells a crowd of would-be suitors that she’s only interested in love when it’s strictly on her own terms.

“The Final Scene” – Salome ­by Richard Strauss

Salome is arguably the most complex character in the opera repertoire. While Salome is young and inexperienced, she’s driven by desire, ultimately asking for John the Baptist’s head when he spurns her affections. Salome receives the head and is finally able to kiss his mouth and her aria in the opera’s final moments is nothing short of triumphant (even if her desire is dark and creepy).

To hear some more amazing arias, check out our Spotify playlist.

To learn more about and purchase tickets to Tosca, click here.

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