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Puccini: Tosca CD (Georges Prêtre)

Tosca was the role in which – in 1965, the year this recording was made – Callas gave her last complete performances at the Royal Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera and the Paris Opéra. This was her final complete recording of an opera, and, 12 years after her first version of Tosca, it reunited her with the Scarpia of Tito Gobbi. They were joined by Carlo Bergonzi as Cavaradossi.  ‘A thrilling and very complete interpretation, with scene after scene, bar after bar, brought to life by sheer intelligence and dramatic insight’.(Gramophone)

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Floria Tosca: Maria Callas
Mario Cavaradossi: Carlo Bergonzi
Scarpio: Tito Gobbi
Cesare Angelotti: Leonardo Monreale
Spoletta: Renato Ercolani

Chorus du Theatre National de l'Opera
Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Chorus Master: Jean Laforge  
Year: 1964-5