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Tosca


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Product Details

  • Actors: Antonia Cifrone, Stefano Secco, Giorgio Surian, Riccardo Ferrari
  • Writers: Puccini
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, Import, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: French, German, Italian, Spanish, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Dynamic Italy
  • DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B002806TYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
The cover on this DVD is visually striking. Tosca is standing by Scarpia's bed which has four dark green marble pillars at the corners. This performance was recorded at the Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago in 2007. Her second act gown has a reddish snake attached to the front with its fangs at her breast.
The sets for the first two acts are gorgeous, with illuminated candelabras providing a great sense of space in the first act Cathedral. Scarpia's sumptuous apartment is spread across the stage for the second act. Lighting is carefully changed to fit the changing moods and towards the end of the second that is particularly striking.
This production has much more the feel of a play with music: The singers are singing fully - they don't go for very loud climaxes unless the text really calls for it - the difference is that they stay interacting with each other - they ignore the audience. Even the sacristan in the first act is talking to himself or to Cavaradossi. Far too many productions today find the singers facing the audience cutting themselves off from the action and the other characters.
There is also more physicality in this production when Tosca wrestles with Scarpia yet you can see they are getting into it, he then almost picks her up and throws her onto the bed. He strokes her arm as she sings Vissi d'Arte and it's clear that is torturing her. As Scarpia's men carry out Cavaradossi to prison, she grabs and holds on to his leg, and is dragged full out on the floor partway across the stage. While they are on the bed all the other lights in the apartment go dark leaving the bed as a stunning
focus with rich, well saturated colors.
The orchestra playing was fine and the conductor established a good pulse through the whole work.
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