WIN: Theatre tickets and a meal at Tosca Italian restaurant, Sunderland

Tosca's owner Rino, centre, with staff Kaitlyn Howe and Terry Richardson.
Tosca's owner Rino, centre, with staff Kaitlyn Howe and Terry Richardson.
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Make a meal of a night at the opera with a top competition.

Not only will the winner receive a pair of tickets to the mighty Puccini’s Tosca, they will also win a £40 meal voucher to spend at Tosca in Derwent Street.

A scene from Tosca

A scene from Tosca

The Italian restaurant, one of the longest running family-run venues in the city, is the perfect place to whet your appetite for the classic Italian opera.

One of the most famous operas, Tosca is being brought to the Sunderland Empire by award-winning opera producer Ellen Kent for one night only on March 24.

Directed as a gothic Victorian horror story, Puccini’s Tosca is an epic tale of true love and treachery featuring torture, murder and suicide alongside some of opera’s best-known music, and is based on a play by Victorien Sardou.

Set against the dramatic landscape of Rome and the Napoleonic Wars, it tells of Floria Tosca’s true love for artist Mario Cavaradossi. Tosca is forced to enter into a deal with the Chief of Police Baron Scarpia, in order to save Cavaradossi, her lover, from execution.

The classic opera will be staged in Sunderland next month

The classic opera will be staged in Sunderland next month

Scarpia’s price is Tosca’s seduction, but she cannot go through with it, and in desperation she stabs Scarpia to death. Cavaradossi is executed and, realising all is lost, Tosca throws herself from the battlements to her death.

The show features a new set with towering marble pillars, sumptuous costumes, and a boys choir with a shepherd boy’s solo. Highlights also include moving arias, Vissi d’arte and E Lucevan le Stelle, which are sung in Italian with English surtitles.

It stars Vladimir Dragos as Scarpia with international sopranos Maria Tonina and Alyona Kistenyova as Tosca.

•Tosca is at Sunderland Empire on March 24. Tickets from Tel.0844 871 3022 or online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland.

Tosca

Tosca

•To be in with a chance of winning a pair of Tosca tickets and Tosca meal voucher, answer this question: where is Tosca the opera set?

A) Rome

B) Rochdale

C) Rothbury.

More scenes from the show

More scenes from the show

Email your answer to Katy.Wheeler@jpress.co.uk. Closing date: February 25.

•Terms and Conditions: Tickets and meal voucher non-transferable and no monetary value will be given. A pair of tickets to the performance of TOSCA at Sunderland Empire on Thursday 24 March 2016 (7.30pm). Meal voucher for value of £40 at TOSCA, 25 Derwent Street, Sunderland. Please book table prior to arrival and state voucher on booking. Please check opening times and availability with TOSCA restaurant directly ahead of visit.