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Puccini: Tosca (Royal Opera House 2011) [Blu-ray] [2012]

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  • Actors: Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Lukas Jakobski, Antonio Pappano
  • Directors: Jonathan Kent
  • Writers: Giacomo Puccini
  • Producers: Royal Opera House
  • Format: Classical
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EMI Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008ROGZUU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,398 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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4.4 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 April 2013
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This highly traditional production, splendidly sung by it's impressive leads in this wonderfully detailed blu ray transfer with excellent sound is only marred by occasional directorial clunkiness. Jonas Kaufmann is musically and dramatically outstanding. Terfel is also impressive but Angela Gheorghiu suffers from being given some very awkward direction at the end of Act Two which undercuts the emotional impact of her vocally outstanding performance. The high def makes it very clear there is a problem over the stabbing of Scarpia too and his subsequent "blood loss" or, initially, lack of it then followed by Gheorghiu's valiant attempt to deal with the technical problem, is faintly comic. Similarly a rather strange set design for Act Three (no that object in the sky isn't an asteroid, it's the giant wing of the stone angel!) and once more some rather clunky direction reappears, where even Kaufmann suffers through his required, albeit brief, silly gestures when he assumes he is to be saved ( totally out of place for both the moment and character)and this is compounded by some peculiar business with the soldiers (half naked washing??) at the start of the scene as well. However, these are minor caveats as, overall, it's still a very impressive evening, as is clearly supported by the understandably jubilant Garden audience and do not detract from a 5 star rating!
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Trev-R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2012
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Short Version - This is in my opinion going to be the best version most people will want to own. There are many 'Tosca' productions available on DVD and a couple of good blu-ray versions however this ROH production features an excellent cast and delivers a high quality transfer with pin sharp Hi Def images and superb sound on both PCM 2.1 and 5.1 surround. I did have to alter some of the settings of my LG BD550 player to get the best picture, however there were no such issues playing it back on my PC which has a more up to date player. The recording is made from the best of two performances but there is a seamless transition and it looks just like one continuous performance. Also included is the excellent 'Tosca an Introduction' presented by Antonio Pappano. If you saw the original BBC broadcast or were lucky enough to see the actual production live then you will love this. If you are looking to own a 'Tosca' maybe your first version, then this is the one.

Bonus feature - about 10 minutes long this is an introduction to the opera by Pappano with some shots from rehearsals.

Note: The 2.1 Stereo soundtrack has a fault during the final curtain calls with the audio stopping as Bryn Terfel enters, this fault is not on the 5.1 audio track.

Longer Version - Of the many versions of Tosca available all including this one, have flaws. I own 5 versions from the Tosca [1961] [DVD] 1961 Renata Tebaldi, through to the Puccini: Tosca [Blu-ray] [2011] which is currently under £8 and the best value blu-ray version. This ROH is in my opinion the best overall.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thespionic TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2014
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This was wonderful and spell-binding entertainment for the full two hours. It had a great story line, great characters, wonderful costumes & sets.
The singing and music were also truly lovely, the acting was top drawer – what else could you ask for?
Angela Gheorghiu just oozed a woman in need of love, and so willing to give it back. Bryn Terfel as Scarpia was for me, not far behind in being the star of the show – his performance was utterly awesome. Now that’s what a nasty ‘baddy’ should be like? Jonas Kaufmann (Mario) too came across perfectly as the unlucky love interest for the rather clingy Tosca!
This rates up there with the best as far as I am concerned. I just loved it. If I could give this 6 stars I would!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Oct. 2012
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This recording of Tosca created from performances on July 14 and 17 in 2011 brings together artists of considerable renown for a short run. These are Angela Gheorghiu as Tosca, Jonas Kaufmann as Cavaradossi and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia. To these must be added the considerable expertise of the conductor, Antonio Pappano. The production by Jonathan Kent has become a staple fixture in the Royal Opera repertoire and is unashamedly `traditional' in its concept.

The combination of such talents raised expectations that something very special could be achieved. As one who has a number of recordings by all of these artists, I can honestly state that, in my opinion, none of them has delivered anything finer individually and that this combination has resulted in a recording of Tosca that is gripping from start to finish and may well have exceeded even the most optimistic hopes of all concerned.

It must be made clear from the start that this is certainly not the performance that anyone other than purchasers of this disc will have seen as this is a combination of two performances, and presumably the best of each, uniquely available on this disc. Others attending the same production will crucially have heard different combinations of the cast so are not in a position to comment about this particular disc. Even attenders of either of these two nights or those who watched the TV broadcast will still not have experienced this particular edited product. The editing is seamlessly done so the whole final product runs as if it was one live uninterrupted performance.

The production, as mentioned above, is traditional but very well observed and convincing. The slowed down, and thus more chilling, entry of the execution squad in act 3 would be one of many examples of dramatic flair.
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