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Puccini: Tosca (ARTHAUS 108027) [Blu-ray] [2011]

Fiorenza Cedolins , Marcelo Álvarez    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Fiorenza Cedolins, Marcelo Álvarez, Ruggero Raimondi, Orchestra and Chorus of the Arena Di Verona
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,377 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A superlative staging of Puccinis Tosca by Italian opera producer Hugo de Ana brought to you from the world-famous Arena di Verona and complete with all the splendour that a Puccini opera demands! The popular tragedy is sung by a dream team cast of excellent singer-actors - Fiorenza Cedolins, Marcelo Álvarez, Ruggero Raimondi - and conducted by long-established Arena di Verona conductor Daniel Oren. The recording captures one of those special Verona summer evenings, when the audience fills the historic circle in expectation of the enjoyment of an open-air opera performance. Veronas amphitheatre, known as the arena, provides an atmospheric setting for the summer festival that has assembled the stars of the international opera scene each year since 1913. To view an opera in the former amphitheatre, the second largest of its kind after the Colosseum in Rome, can truly be regarded as an impressive experience. The DVD, however, provides a closer look at the stage and the singers and brings this dramatic opera directly to the home viewer.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sumptuous Staging of Tosca at the Verona Arena 24 Nov 2007
The main selling point of this production of Puccini's 'Tosca' is the luxurious staging at the Arena di Verona, an outdoor theater built into the ruins of a public building dating from 30 AD. The stage is huge and the scenery needs to be huge as well for it to work effectively. And in this production it certainly does that. The stage is dominated by enormous broken statues of a noble Roman head and of its arm holding a sword and a crucifix. This is somehow transformed into the interior of the church in Act I, Scarpia's headquarters in Act II and the scene in which Cavaradossi is killed and Tosca leaps to her death in Act III. Act I features an enormous painting on which the painter Cavaradossi is working; it stands at least twenty feet high. And, without giving the coup de théâtre away, it figures in Scarpia's dramatic entrance late in that act. The costumes, too, are rich, colorful and appropriate to the era circa 1800 in which the opera is set. Tosca's and Scarpia's costumes must have cost a fortune. The stage direction is fluid and telling without interfering with the action. Both the intimate moments and the crowd scenes are packed with interesting details. Someone entirely unfamiliar with the opera's plot would have no difficulty following the stage action. There are no liberties in which some European opera directors have indulged themselves except for one small, not bothersome solecism: the shepherd boy at the beginning of Act III is, instead, a little boy with a fishing pole sitting on the bank of, presumably, the Tiber into which Tosca latter jumps.

Musically there is more to argue with. There are many DVD Toscas available, and this one is a notch below the best of them.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable performance at a great price. 30 Nov 2011
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If I had been in the audience of the Arena di Verona for the recording of this performance I would have been very happy indeed. OK so it isn't the best Tosca ever but it is a very good one. Considering the restraints placed on the recording by the venue I think the production crew did a very creditable job to bring us a recording of such good quality.

The cast led by Fiorenza Cedolins and Marcelo Alvarez give good performances bringing the characters of Floria and Mario to life. I have only heard Alvarez a handful of times and in this recording he is the best I have heard him. I have never heard Cedolins sing before and while good enough, Alvarez is a notch above her. Recondita armonia, Non la sospiri, la nostra casetta, Vissi d'arte and E lucevan le stelle are the highlights as you would expect but I really enjoyed O dolci mani

There is no problem with the sound quality either stereo or 5.1, both sounded fine to me. The quality of the blu-ray is also good and for less than £7 I cannot imagine you getting a better value Tosca anywhere especially when the DVD version of this performance is being sold for £25 elsewhere.

If you are looking for a better Tosca then you should track down a copy of the 1978 Met recording staring Luciano Pavarotti, Shirley Verrett and Cornell Macneil. Unfortunately not available on Amazon UK but like several othe Opera DVD's it is available from which is where I ordered my copy from. You can login with yor UK username and password and all your address and card details appear just the same as the UK. Even if you are a Prime customer you will have to pay shipping of around 7 Euro's. My total bill was for about 20 Euro's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real passion and a spectacular venue 7 Dec 2011
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I have owned a few video presentations of this opera and this, for me, is the best option among the more modern versions. I also bought it before the price was reduced to the current bargain range (depending on the Arthaus version advertised) so it seems to me to offer terrific value.

The venue at Verona is spectacular with everything being presented on a large scale. This produces a situation of swings and roundabouts. The voices can get somewhat submerged, but not inaudible, at the big moments - and there are many. However, with the aid of the subtitles, it is easy enough to precisely follow the words being sung without any guesswork.

At the same time there is also conveyed a degree of required effort which I personally find appropriate to the scale of the drama being portrayed. The crucial death of Scarpia must equally be conveyed with an overwhelming passion and hatred and in this respect we are fully catered for. Several otherwise fine performances fall at this hurdle. The singers here are all up to the task vocally and as actors. The orchestra are well recorded especially when considering the demands of the venue.

As a recording this succeeds in creating the sense of considerable spectacle and the imaging is as crisp and as involving as one could reasonably expect from such a setting and venue. The sound is equally praise-worthy and is presented in DTS 5.1 and stereo options.

This is a red-blooded Tosca writ large. Tosca is all about passion, larger than life characters and events supported by music conceived on a large scale. That, for me, is what we get here and I for one, am very satisfied. Highly recommended especially as it is now available at a much reduced price.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tosca wow
Im not much on an Opera fan but this blew me away amazing, fab to look at singing superb Blu-ray quality very good as well
Published 4 months ago by JAMES
3.0 out of 5 stars Cards
Not another essay, or I will stop sending you 'reports' on my transactiions - I just (usually) get what I wanted from you
Published 17 months ago by W J Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Version
If you need a basic but competent version of this masterpiece by Puccini you can not go wrong with this one. The stage is classic but classy, well sung an the acting is all right. Read more
Published 18 months ago by AL Pastor
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the classic operas
It's Tosca - what more can I say ? Go for it ! Thoroughly enjoyed the performers and the performance. Much enhanced of course by the Blu-Ray experience.
Published 19 months ago by Garwood Yardley
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'wow' performance both emotionally and technically
This is an enthralling performance recorded in the open air on a warm summer evening. Fiorenza Cedolins can act, sing, move comfortably in dresses with enormous trains. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Wessex Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Real value and quality for the money
For an open air production of Tosca, you cant get better than this. I am impressed with the way that the producers and audio recording personnel have gone about their job. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by Satish Kamath
5.0 out of 5 stars Puccini;Tosca(blu-)ray
Well, the first time I've watched opera, I bought this one for my partner, but,FANTASTIC, I loved it, the production was incredible, fantastic open air theatre,wonderful set,... Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2012 by peter66
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellously dramatic and believable performance
I have owned a few video presentations of this opera and this, for me, is the best option among the more modern versions. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2011 by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine large-scale version at Verona
I have owned a few video presentations of this opera and this, for me, is the best option among the more modern versions. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2011 by I. Giles
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good value musically
I have very mixed feelings about this recording. As an affordable introduction to Tosca, it is excellent: the singing and the music are very good, and the English subtitles are... Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by Richard Middleton
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