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Puccini: Tosca [Live From the Met] (2010)

Karita Mattila , Marcelo Alvarez , Joseph Colaneri  |  NR |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Karita Mattila, Marcelo Alvarez, George Gagnidze, Paul Plishka, New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
  • Directors: Joseph Colaneri
  • Producers: Luc Bondy
  • Format: Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Erato
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0045F8XZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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DVD tracklisting:

1. Opening credits & Introduction with Susan Graham- Tosca

2. Ah!...Finalmente!- Tosca, Act I

3. Dammi i colori!...Recondita armonia- Tosca, Act I

4. Ma con quei cani....Eccellenza- Tosca, Act I

5. Mario! Mario! Mario!- Tosca, Act I

6. Or lasciami al lavoro...Qua l'occhio al mondo- Tosca, Act I

7. È buona la mia Tosca- Tosca, Act I

8. Sommo giubilo, Eccellenza!- Tosca, Act I

9. Un tal baccano in chiesa!- Tosca, Act I

10. Or tutto è chiaro- Tosca, Act I

11. Ed io venivo a lui tutta dogliosa- Tosca, Act I

12. Tre sbirri...Va, Tosca!- Tosca, Act I

13. Susan Graham interviews George Gadnize & Carrie-Ann Matheson- Tosca

14. Susan Graham interviews Marcelo Álvarez- Tosca

15. Tosca è un buon falco!- Tosca, Act II

16. Ha più forte sapore...Meno Male!- Tosca, Act II

17. Ov'è Angelotti?- Tosca, Act II

18. Ed or fra noi parliam da buoni amici- Tosca, Act II

19. Orsù, Tosca, parlate- Tosca, Act II

20. Floria!...L'alba vindice appar- Tosca, Act II

21. Quanto? Quanto? Il prezzo!- Tosca, Act II

22. Vissi d'arte- Tosca, Act II

23. Vedi, le man giunte io stendo a te!- Tosca, Act II

24. lo tenni la promessa- Tosca, Act II

25. Or gli perdono!- Tosca, Act II

26. Susan Graham interviews Karita Mattilla- Tosca

27. Susan Graham interviews Milena Canonero- Tosca

28. Susan Graham interviews Luc Bondy- Tosca

29. lo de'sospiri- Tosca, Act III

30. Mario Cavaradossi? A voi- Tosca, Act III

31. E lucevan le stelle- Tosca, Act III

32. Ah! Franchigia a Floria Tosca- Tosca, Act III

33. O dolci mani mansuete e pure- Tosca, Act III

34. E non giungono- Tosca, Act III

35. Come è lunge l'attesa!- Tosca, Act III

36. Bows & Closing credits- Tosca

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing singing, acting, and direction. October 28, 2010
Format:DVD
Tosca's opening night for the 2009 season at the Met became a rather infamous event. Booing has been at the Met before but not quite that ferocious yet, especially not for opening night. For this particular telecast the production team did not bow.

I was not convinced by Karita Mattila's Tosca. I don't see an innocent highly catholic woman in her acting, nor does her voice have the sweet innocence of Tosca. She has a powerful and wonderful voice, but I don't think it matches the timbre for a Tosca. I have heard her in quite a few more powerful roles which she's been perfect for, so this was a disappointment.

Marcelo Alvarez's Mario was a much more successful role in this performance. Brave, confident, in love, and later heartbroken, sympathetic, and tragic. His voice was always there and never faltering. If anything, I found his performance a little on the melodramatic side.

George Gognidze's Scarpia is by far the most successful role in this performance. His voice is so sinister when he speaks, and his creepy smile throughout is enough to send chills through anyone's spines. It's only his second time at the Met apparently, but I hope that we see more of him not only at the Met but at other great opera houses around the world. He's a wonderful talent, and in the backstage interviews he's also quite a sweet man, like looking and listening to an entirely different person; the true sign of a talented actor.

The director Luc Bondy seems to be unaware of what Verismo theater is. It is realistic, meant to have three-dimensional characters with reasons for actions and gestures. He himself used the word "stupid" when describing the libretto to Tosca. To quote him: "It's nothing special. It's opera.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not up to the Met's previous standards November 1, 2010
Format:DVD
I am really surprised that the Met even released this opera. The production premiered on September 21, 2009, to boos from the audience and universal pans from the music critics. This release, from a live performance on October 10, 2009, shows clearly the reasons for the negative reactions.
Let's begin with the sets, designed by Richard Peduzzi. The Act I chapel of the majestic church of Sant' Andrea Valle looks like the interior of a stark, seldom used warehuse. The old Zeffirelli production may have been overly elaborate; but this moves to far greater extremes the other direction. The chapel is furnished with out-of-context wooden folding chairs. I researched wooden folding chairs after viewing this setting, and found that they did exist in the early nineteenth century; but these were the style I sat on in Sunday School in the 1940s.
Act II, the "magnificent apartment in the Farnese Palace" was almost as barren as the Act I chapel. Furnished only with two sofas, a small table, and a glider rocking chair (which, by the way, was not patented until 1939). The Act III battlements of the castle were the only set that fit the intended context of the opera.
Then, there is the staging, directed by Luc Bondy. Much of the Met's early publicity spoke of how Bundy breathed a new sense of meaning into the players. New, perhaps, but not what Tosca is intended to be. Karita Mattila, billed as an incredible actress, would best be recognized for her incredible overacting. Whether this is Bondy or Mattila cannot be stated for certain. In Act III, her demonstration to Cavarodossi of how to die was so ludicrous that the audience laughed at it. If this was intended as comic relief, it was inserted in an inappropriate spot in the script.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Best avoided December 31, 2010
Format:DVD
I bought this DVD for 9 Euros (I mean NINE Euros, it's not a typo), and after watching this I couldn't help but lament the waste of my money and time. While I did not hold high expectations for this production given its remarkably low price, I found myself wondering how and why the Met's standards took a nosedive such as the one I witnessed on this DVD.

The first impression the viewer gets when the curtain opens up revealing a "cathedral" full of brickwork and garden chairs (!) is that something is horribly wrong. And, quite unfortunately, that first impression is the right one. Mattila is definitely not going to be remembered for her interpretation of Tosca. Overall, she is PHEMOMENALLY unconvincing as Tosca - I cannot stress that point enough; she is found wanting in both voice and acting. Just listen to the 1953 EMI recording featuring Maria Callas and you will discover that, even though you are listening to a mono audio recording, you get a much, much better mental image of what the real Tosca should look like and behave. Such a great weakness on the part of the lead performer cannot go unnoticed and is dragging the whole production down even more. In fact, if I were to choose ONE among the many weaknesses of this production as the most important one, this would be it. The scenery remains bland and uninspired throughout, totally ruining one's suspension of disbelief.

Now on to Mario Cavaradossi. Alvarez is not such a bad Mario Cavaradossi, but he certainly leaves a lot to be desired. He does get better as the opera progresses, but in the beginning I was forced to put on the 1953 EMI recording once again just to make sure my speakers were not damaged.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I realize I'm in the minority, but...
I honestly loved this production. While it may not have the physical grandeur of other stagings (and even if the furniture in Scarpia's lair looked fairly bargain basement), it... Read more
Published 4 months ago by puppychow
1.0 out of 5 stars Dessi is miscast as Tosca
I was very surprised that Dessi was cast as Tosca - she is unsuitable for this role both vocally and dramatically. Her Vissi d'arte does not move one emotionally! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Virginia K. Jensen
1.0 out of 5 stars If it looks like.....
The Met continues on it's campaign to ruin great operas by presenting RegieTrash productions of them. Now it's Tosca that they are trying to destroy. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Boz
5.0 out of 5 stars SINGING AND PRODUCTION ARE EXCELLENT
SINGING AND PRODUCTION ARE EXCELLENT. TOSCA AND CAVARADOSSI SING NICE TOGETHER. BARON SCARPIA IS ALSO EXCELLENT AND HIS CHARACTER AND VOICE FIT THE PART.
Published 20 months ago by John F. Cahill
1.0 out of 5 stars worst Tosca on DVD
Unfortunately, I paid a lot of money to see this Tosca at the Met.
And now it's available on DVD. Read more
Published on March 23, 2011 by dieter s.
2.0 out of 5 stars BUEN TENOR Y BARITONO, HORRIBLE PRODUCCION ESCÉNICA
Musicalmente, esta "Tosca" es un logro de buen nivel, sobre todo por el amenazador y poderoso Scarpia de Gagnidze. Read more
Published on March 2, 2011 by Freddy Torres
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible production
I saw this on the Live From The Met Hd broadcast and it was not greeted well after it concluded.

Karita Mattila has a lovely voice, but has not any kind of a voice for... Read more
Published on February 19, 2011 by Daniel G. Madigan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worthy of DVD release
This controversial production of Tosca at the Met appears to serve one purpose: to break the traditional mold and reinterpret this classic work for a 21st century audience. Read more
Published on December 17, 2010 by Patrick Maschka
3.0 out of 5 stars More or less average performance
I enjoyed the singing and acting of Cavaradossi and Scarpia. I found Tosca to be
much less convincing. Read more
Published on December 5, 2010 by tk
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Seeing Marcelo's Cavaradossi is worth the money
I am ordering this DVD just to see and hear Marcelo Alvarez. He is the new Pavaratti in singing in my book and a much better "actor".
Published on December 1, 2010 by T. chalmers
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