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.
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