Tosca

Puccini Tosca opera to libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica. Directed 2009 by Robert Carsen at Opernhaus Zürich. Stars Emily Magee (Tosca), Jonas Kaufmann (Caravadossi), Thomas Hampson (Scarpia), Valeriy Murga (Angelotti), and Giuseppe Scorsin (Sacristan). Paolo Carignani conducts the Orchestra, Chorus and Children's Chorus of Opernhaus Zürich. Set and  costume design by Anthony Ward; lighting design by Davy Cunningham; directed for TV by Felix Breisach.  Executive Producer was Alexander Pereira. Released 2014, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: Help!

This came out in in 2011 in a DVD. It was controversial because Carsen set his version in modern times with an overlay reinterpreting the role of Tosca. In the December 2014 Gramophone (page 108), Hugo Shirley notes the dangers of tinkering with the lean lines of Puccini's detective story, but Shirley generally approves of Carsen's "impressionic" take. Shirley also praises the singing and acting of the stars, but he wasn't happy with the orchestra. So if you have enough traditional versions of Tosca on your shelf, you might enjoy this alternate approach.

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