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Puccini: Tosca [Royal Opera House, 2011] - Gheorghiu, Kaufmann, Terfel [DVD] [2012]

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  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: French, German, English, Japanese
  • Dubbed: English, French, German, Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EMI Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008K7RGA2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,984 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel star in Jonathan Kent's 2011 Royal Opera House production of Puccini's Tosca. The Royal Opera Chorus and The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House are conducted by Antonio Pappano.

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DVD Angela Gheorghiu/Jonas Kaufmann/Bryn Terfel/A.Pappano


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Certain reservations 19 Oct 2012
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This 2011 production of Tosca has the great advantage of three very fine singers with Angela Gheorghiu in the title role, Jonas Kaufmann as the idealist republican Mario Cavaradossi and Bryn Terfel as the malevolent police chief Baron Scarpia. Their singing plus the fine musicianship of the orchestra, under the baton of Antonio Pappano, are the major pleasures of this traditional production of a very popular opera. That said certain question marks exist in relation to certain performances and the staging. Once again with a DVD of a Covent Garden performance the viewer is placed at a disadvantage by poor presentation, for information is limited to an essay and a synopsis. No chapter headings are provided.

A seasoned regular at Covent Garden Angelea Gheorghiu masterrminded the 2010 production of Adriana Lecouvreur and in their assessments certain reviewers, although paying tribute to the excellence of the soprano's singing, described her performance as rather lightweight. Such is the impression gained in the first act of Tosca for this accomplished singing actress tends to concentrate too much on the flirtatious side of Tosca's character at the expense of both a deeply held religious commitment and an alarmingly jealous nature. Here she is not helped by a set on three levels which demands that some of the action must take place on a staircase. Such works to the disadvantage of the performers. Gheorghiu has a well deserved reputation as a supreme depicter of tragedy and in her Act 2 confrontations with Scarpia she is at her very best. The act's high point is the soprano's heart felt rendering of "Vissi D'Arte" which is received with well deserved applause. She is again very good in the final Act 3 and the final moments of total despair are most convincing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars but.... 25 Feb 2014
By Elaine Simpson-long TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Oh I wish Angela Gheorghiu was not the Tosca on this DVD. I find her characterisation lacking in any kind of emotional depth, only coming alive in her confrontation with Scarpia in Act two. I felt exactly the same when I saw this in the opera house and my main reason for attending was for Bryn Terfel. Kauffman was not the tenor on that occasion. Terfel was brilliant and mesmerising and though Miss G took the final bow at the end the applause was far less than that for Bryn. I had treated myself to seats in the stalls for this and wondered how those in the amphi could hear her voice which I find small and from comments in the interval from other patrons it was clear I was not alone in my opinion.

However on a DVD this smallness of voice does not show itself and of course she has a lovely tone and exquisite phrasing and well aware that my aversion for her is my own personal reaction. Kauffmann is simply superb, what a voice this man has and he seems to be able to sing Puccini and Wagner and others with equal beauty and facility.

But I return again to Bryn Terfel. I freely admit I am a huge fan of his and could watch him in anything and I think he is a stunning Scarpia and delighted to have this DVD on my shelves
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars magnificent singing, though short on electricity 6 July 2013
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The lack of electricity may have something to do with the make-up of Bryn Terfel - a remarkable double of Les Dawson! But the singing was superb.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Virgin 7 Oct 2012
Format:DVD
I have had this recording for some time and I have put off watching it because I have seen many other Toscas. I need not have worried. Seeing and hearing this production is like experiencing Tosca for the very first time. The casting of Angela Gheorghiu, Bryn Terfel and Jonas Kaufmann is unbeatable on the contemporary opera stage. All three can act as well as sing. The melodrama is, if anything, played down but the plot is made all the more menacing by the realistic portrayals. Bryn Terfel is a master of understated menace and his interpretation is the opposite of the pantomime villain that Scarpia can sometimes become.

Angela Gheorghiu is a cool, calculating killer. After her heart-rending Vissi D'Arte the audience, naturally erupts into applause. After the applause dies down Scarpia does an ironic handclap himself. The knifing of Scarpia is not a bloodcurdling as some productions I have seen but I particularly liked the calm way that Tosca places a candle at either side of his body.

Jonas Kaufmann acquits himself well in his two big arias and I particularly liked his O Dolci Mani immediately before his execution. The opera ends with Gheorghiu making an impressive dive from the castle parapet, much better than the stunt double she used in the 2001 film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 6 Feb 2014
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Adored Angela since she was a young and budding soprano so, love to hear her sing, but Bryn was the star he was a 'horribly' magnificent Scarpia and the best I have ever seen. Well done Bryn!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Puccinissimo! 14 April 2014
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Although I'd seen this production on TV, I just had to have a copy. To be able to sub-title it in Italian enables me to follow the libretto. Magnifico!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A menacing Scarpia 3 April 2014
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Bryn Terfel gives a cruelly menacing performance as Scarpia. His glorious deep voice conveys his evil intent.
Gheorghiu is a beautiful Tosca with glorious high notes that capture joy and despair. My only complaint
is the live recording is not as clear as I would wish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Husbands Birthday present 2 April 2014
By roan
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His favourite opera with some of his favourite singers. Stunning production

You could think you were in the opera house not at home.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD SHOW !
Although this a good interprepation, I still hnaker to find a copy of that wonderful performance recorded for television in black and white.
Published 1 month ago by john kemsey-bourne
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
bought this for a friend as she was after this for a while. she absolutely loves it as she is a opera singer. good value for money as shopped around and would recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Miss L. M. Preece
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Tosca cast!
Amazing cast - not much more to say! Best Tosca performance I have ever seen (and all very well reflected on the DVD). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Tosca with Angela Gheorghiu
This is an excellent production of Tosca, with the 2nd act scene between Bryn Terfel and Angela Gheorghiu as dramatic as the famous Callas/Gobbo version. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Freddy
5.0 out of 5 stars The best version of Tosca ever!
This is a winner. Tosca is Puccini's best opera packed with violence, drama and fabulous music, sung here by the best international cast, superbly conducted by Papano and very... Read more
Published 3 months ago by teapotowner
5.0 out of 5 stars Tosca at ROP 2011
A ravishing experience I shall watch it many timesWhat a great Xmas gift to share with friends on a winter evening
Published 3 months ago by pam evans
5.0 out of 5 stars A very impressive Tosca
This production is all that an opera should be. Firstly, well sung and acted - Bryn Terfel is a superbly nasty piece of work as the cruel chief of police, Scarpia. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Douglas Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Production of one of my favourite Operas
I ordered this just after seeing a life broadcast of Tosca from the New York Met. That was fantastic, especially the baritone playing Scarpio. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Ed.
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