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Tosca [Blu-ray] [2012] [US Import]

4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008VNI9IS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,152 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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10 of 10 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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4 of 4 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive 'Tosca' at last. 3 April 2013
I was immensely impressed with this dvd. Not only do we have Gheorghiu's beautiful soprano and convincing acting, but we have in Kaufmann the greatest dramatic tenor I can remember. Terfel gives us a (for me) credible alternative to Gobbi in the role of Scarpia. He is a twisted, tragic rogue in Dickensian mode, who has bullied his way to high office and is held in awe by those who surround him. Terfel gives us a true villain, not as sinister as Gobbi, it's true, but one who wears his villainy on his sleeve. Gheorghiu sings her heart out: she has clearly listened to Callas, but is wisely anxious not merely to copy her. The ROH orchestra gives its all and Pappano conducts with conviction and to magnificent effect. How influenced Puccini was by Wagner - listen to the orchestral interlude preceding Cavaradossi's execution, for example: almost 'lifted' from the pages of 'Die Meistersinger'. Sound is excellent, camerawork superb. I cannot either fault the performances of lesser characters like Spoletta, suitably sycophantic: creepy and knowing. This is a 'Tosca' I feel should be invested in by all lovers of the melodrama; it will be a very long time before it is surpassed.
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3 of 3 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Virgin 7 Oct 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The best version I've heard 20 April 2013
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A superb cast and great direction make this version of Tosca stand out. The singing is flawless by the three main characters. Kaufmann in particular is not only possessedof a wonderful voice, but is also an amazing actor, bring real emotion and depth to his character, Caravadossi. Gheorghiu is also good and has the voice to cope with the demands of the part of Tosca, though i do find some of her acting a bit wooden. Terfel is a revelation as Scarpia, making him genuinely threatening. You can believe that he might have struck terror into the populace by his very presence. There is little to fault in this production and I would recommend it to anyone, whether familiar with the opera or a newcomer to it.
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delivered quickly, in good condition, product excellent in quality, a thoroughly enjoyable production; vendor highly recommended
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Superb music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
This was my first purchase of an opera on DVD and i was not disappointed. the filming style is unobtrusive and really helps to suck you into the opera. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Miccina
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I was not a great lover of the opera but after watching this performance I am now hooked. Brilliant DVD.
Published 3 months ago by Honeybun
4.0 out of 5 stars Puccinissimo!
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!
Published 5 months ago by David McCardle
5.0 out of 5 stars A menacing Scarpia
Bryn Terfel gives a cruelly menacing performance as Scarpia. His glorious deep voice conveys his evil intent. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joyce Girard
5.0 out of 5 stars Husbands Birthday present
His favourite opera with some of his favourite singers. Stunning production

You could think you were in the opera house not at home.
Published 5 months ago by roan
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 6 months ago by john kemsey-bourne
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