Notes & Reviews:
The 'live' version of Puccini's superbly dramatic opera was recorded in Rome in the exact locations and at the precise times of day as Puccini had written into his score. The action opens in Rome's beautiful 16th-century church of Sant'Andrea della Valle, where Cavaradossi (Placido Domingo) is innocently painting, moves to the Farnese Palace where Tosca (Catherine Malfitano) dramatically stabs the lustful Scarpia (Ruggero Raimondi), and finally to the battlements of the Castle Sant'Angelo at dawn the following day where Cavaradossi is cruelly killed, and Tosca takes her own life.
Andrea Andermann's television production was simply a triumph.
The New York Times
The staggered timing, the complex technology and the settings themselves made the production the first of its kind.
Run Time: 105 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 1.33:1, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian
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Works DetailsPuccini, Giacomo : Tosca
- Performers: Placido Domingo; Catherine Malfitano; Ruggero Raimondi
- Conductor: Zubin Mehta
- Ensemble: Rome RAI Symphony Orchestra
- Running Time: 114 min. sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1900
- Studio/Live: Live