Warner Classics

Puccini: Tosca CD (James Levine)

Renato Scotto became James Levine's soprano of choice for Italian reportoire at New York's Metropolitan Opera. She embodies Tosca, the passionate Roman diva, with compelling immediacy and beguiling finesse, while Plácido Domingo gives glorious voice to the idealism and ardour of her lover, Cavaradossi. If there is an aristocratic elegance to Renato Bruson's Scarpia, it only serves to highlight the Chief of Police's heartless, calculating villainy.

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Floria Tosca: Renata Scotto
Mario Cavaradossi: Plácido Domingo
Il Barone Scarpia: Renato Bruson
Cesare Angelotti: John Cheek
Spoletta: Andrea Velis
Un sagrestano: Renato Capecchi
Sciarrone: Paul Hudson
Un pastore: Dominick Martinez
Un carceriere: Itzhak Perlman 

Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Philharmonia Orchestra 
Conductor: James Levine
Year: 1981
Remastered: 1997
Running Time: 116:19 mins