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Tosca (2010)

Teatro Carlo Felice Di Genova , Fabio Armilliato , Renzo Giacchieri  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Teatro Carlo Felice Di Genova, Fabio Armilliato, Marco Boemi, Daniela Dessi
  • Directors: Renzo Giacchieri
  • Format: Widescreen, Color
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • Run Time: 140.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006UM05ES

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5.0 out of 5 stars This Tosca goes right to the top of the list! September 16, 2014
After seeing Dessi and Armiliato's masterful performance in the Tutto Verdi Vespri, I was interested to see what other work she has done recently, and felt that this had been released. I am similarly impressed by their work on this Tosca.
They are both in great voice even if Armiliato succumbs to the temptation to and phrases in triple forte. He still has a beautiful voice, it's a shame he forces it like that, and when he's going for a fff he generally scrunches his nose up.
I have recently also watched the Callas/Gobbi '64 Covent Garden Tosca and in many places this production is very evocative of that, without copying details.
As much as I enjoyed Gobbi in that production, I enjoyed Sgura in this one. As did Gobbi, Sgura plays Scarpia as a fine Italian nobleman, very cunning and sure of himself, and also very deadly. With his voice alone he's very communicative, and he has every gesture and glance in synch while appearing natural. He has a fine voice, and he's still YOUNG! He's made a few recordings, i'm looking forward to many more, and from all these players.
Sound is fine, the camera angles are insightful.
This is from the Teatro San Carlo Felice, Genoa, 2010.
This blows the Gheoghiu/Covent Garden out of the water.
Dessi has plenty of voice to carry off this role and the panache to make it beleivable.
Armiliato has a voice more appropriate than Kaufmann, and he can control his coloration through vowel and volume changes.
Sgura is a classic Scarpia who is fascinating as a character, not played as a psycho, as Terfel does.
I hope you'll also consider seeing another excellent production which is on the Dynamic label, from the Festival Puccini.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tosca August 8, 2012
First let's correct Amazon's error about the language. This Tosca is sung in Italian, as we should expect, not Spanish.

Amazon/UK Users give this Blu-ray FIVE STARS. Here's an excerpt from one of them:

The staging is traditional based upon Adolf Hohenstein's original design for the world premiere in Rome 1900.The costumes are based upon the Napoleonic period. Filmed live in 2010 at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. The orchestra of the Teatro Calo Felice is conducted at the right tempo by Marco Boemi and the stage director is Renzo Gacchieri. Daniela Dessi is Tosca, who sings with an unbridled passion, with her real life husband Fabio Armillato, an above average tenor who is Cavaradossi. Dessi gets to sing an encore of Vissi d' Arte and Armillato, E Lucevan Le Stelle,so good are they. This is a true Italian audience who know their opera. I have never come across two encores in the huge collection of DVD and Bluray operas I own. Scarpia is sung by lyrical Baritone Claudia Squra. Where has this man been. What a voice. He actually sings this part. A cunning Scarpia, the likes of which I have not seen. You have to hear it to believe it.The other parts are well taken.
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