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Puccini: Tosca / Colaneri/Met, Mattila, Alvarez [DVD]

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This production of Tosca opened the Metropolitan Opera's 2009 - 10 season, the first to be programmed entirely by the house's General Manager Peter Gelb, who, as the New York Times explains, "has been on a campaign to make the house a place for theatrically daring productions with dramatically compelling casts." The work of Swiss-born Luc Bondy, this production which ignites Tosca's potent mix of sex, politics, music and religion contrasts starkly with its predecessor at the Met - a traditional spectacular first staged by Franco Zeffirelli in 1985. According to the Los Angeles Times, "Bondy updated the story of a diva, her lover and the lecherous chief of the secret police from 1800 to a decadent Rome in the early 20th century. Cavaradossi paints a topless, fetching Mary Magdalene, which Tosca, in a fit of jealousy, slashes with a knife." The title role is performed by Karita Mattila, "an artist defined by her ability to take risks - emotionally, vocally, temperamentally" (Opera News). The striking blue-eyed blonde from Finland becomes a sultry dark-eyed Roman brunette for the role and brings "shimmering power, incisive attack, pliant lyricism and emotional honesty to her performance... In Act III, when she tells Cavaradossi of having stabbed Scarpia to death, she leapt to a high C of ferocious intensity, then plunged down two octaves, mimicking the thrust of the knife into the villain's gut."

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Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, Color


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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
  • Performers: Joel Sorensen (Tenor); Paul Plishka (Bass); David Pittsinger (Bass); Karita Mattila (Soprano); Jonathan Makepeace (Alto); George Gagnidze (Baritone); James Courtney (Bass); Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Joseph Colaneri
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900