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Puccini: Tosca DVD (The Royal Opera) 2012

 

  • Jonathan Kent’s atmospheric and evocative production of Tosca – which has established itself as a Royal Opera classic – features a stunning cast. Angela Gheorghiu’s sensitively portrayed Tosca, a character with which she closely identifies, is paired with Jonas Kaufmann’s intense and compelling Cavaradossi, while Bryn Terfel is thrillingly malevolent as Scarpia. Antonio Pappano’s masterfully paced conducting captures all the drama and beauty of Puccini’s exhilarating opera. Arguably one of the great Royal Opera performances that's been captured on film.

    Also available on Blu-ray and as part of a Puccini DVD box-set

    Floria Tosca: Angela Gheorghiu
    Mario Cavaradossi: Jonas Kaufmann
    Baron Scarpia: Bryn Terfel
    Cesare Angelotti: Lukas Jakobski
    Sacristan: Jeremy White
    Spoletta: Hubert Francis
    Sciarrone: ZhengZhong Zhou
    Shepherd Boy: William Payne
    Gaoler: John Morrissey 

    Royal Opera Chorus
    Chorus director: Renato Balsadonna
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Concert master: Vasko Vassilev
    Conductor: Antonio Pappano
    Composer: Giacomo Puccini
    Director: Jonathan Kent 

    Plus: Tosca: An Introduction, presented by Antonio Pappano 

    Filmed in High Definition, HD 50i
    Picture: 16:9
    Sound: LPCM 2.0 Stereo / DTS 5.1 Surround
    Format: NTSC
    Region code: 0 (worldwide)
    Duration: 120+8 mins
    Subtitles: EN/FR/GE/SP/IT/JA



  • "Bring together three of the most intuitive talents (and biggest stars) on the planet, meld them under the baton of Antonio Pappano whose command of every caress, swoon, and dramatic impulse of Puccini’s Tosca is not learned but instinctively felt and you have a recipe for the kind of evening that gives the Royal Opera its truly international status." The Independent

    "Gheorghiu makes a credible character out of Tosca... Kaufmann scores a complete success as Cavaradossi...What he lacks in Italianate open tone, he makes up in brooding, dark colours... Neither of them would be likely to get the better of Bryn Terfel's bully of a Scarpia... The other dominant personality is Antonio Pappano, whose Puccini has never sounded better"
     Gramophone

    "Pappano's mastery of Puccinian pace and phrasing intensifies this turbulent score's onward surge, but he's also noticeably attentive to his singers... [Kaufmann's] cries of 'Vittoria!' are thrilling... and his acting never slackens... Tosca's mercurial character seems to resonate with [Gheorghiu] naturally... There are some decent Toscas on DVD already, but I'd start here" BBC Music Magazine