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Tosca [DVD] [2012] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008VNIA8W

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Modern Version for most people (Blu-ray) 22 Oct 2012
By Trev-R TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect! 2 April 2013
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful production - great singing 2 Mar 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The entire cast performed very well indeed and I was absolutely transfixed in listening to and watching this opera by Puccini
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Tosca. 10 May 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This production from Covent Garden, clearly demonstrates that good opera is still alive! Having suffered recently through a number of terrible performances world-wide, especially in the hands of some incredibly bad stage directors, this Tosca comes as a reassurance that one can still see a good performance these days.
Angela Georguiu, in spite of her years, can still deliver a full fire in the role of the jealous singer, who unwillingly betrays her lover. Her acting is good and generally her performance is better than most I have seen recently. She comes nowhere near matching Callas, but that is another story.
Jonas Kaufmann is a superb Cavaradossi. Brilliant vocally and at the same time, an excellent actor. On previous DVDs Placido Domingo is probably more convincing and as far as CDs go Giuseppe di Stefano is in a different league altogether.
Bryn Terfel is vocally a very good Scarpia, menacing and full of the right gestures. Visually, the un-shaven Bryn is not very convincing as the Baron. Again he is no match for Tito Gobbi.
Antonio Pappano is by no means an inspired conductor. Again listen to de Sabata, in the EMI CD with Callas, di Stefano and Gobbi, to see the difference. That performance is unfortunately only preserved in sound, no vision. The Callas – Gobbi performance from Covent Garden from 1964, does provide us with a glimpse of what a truly great performance was like, but the image and sound quality there leave a lot to be desired even for the mid 1960’s.
The image and sound quality of this blu-ray production of Tosca is really superb. Worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars tosca
superlative performance of my favourite opera. All the stars in this version are outstanding. I just love this so much and would advise anyone who likes opera that this is one not... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Taffy Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE TOSCA, PUCCINI FOR EVER !!!
POWERFUL AND INCREDIBLE CAST AND INTERPRETATION!!! BRYN TERFEL, JONAS KAUFMANN WOW!!!
BLU-RAY 1080 60i REGION FREE, SOUND LPCM 2.0CH 24BIT AND DTS-HD MASTER 5. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
One of the most impressive recordings of Tosca!
Terfel is really an excelent actor as Scarpia here!

Everyone is really concerned with the role!
Published 10 months ago by Fernando
3.0 out of 5 stars A to much classical version of Tosca
I like "Tosca" and have 8 versions. This version is to classical with not very inspiring singers. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Josť Almeida
2.0 out of 5 stars Audio track fails
Having returned one copy to Amazon, a replacement copy had exactly the same fault. The audio track stops abruptly at 2. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Tosca the way it ought to be!
Superb performances from all concerned, particularly Terfel. Gorgeous disc, excellent production-- TRUE to the CORRECT TIME PERIOD ("Tosca" takes place on a specific date... Read more
Published 13 months ago by JHB-4
1.0 out of 5 stars Many problems here!
Now, I believe this is the new ROH production which comes to replace the famous Jefirrelli one. I am not an admirer of the past, but if you have something good in your hands, you... Read more
Published 14 months ago by g.g.2000
5.0 out of 5 stars superb performance of Puccini's masterpiece
as I have mentioned in a previous review I think that the performance of Tosca is one of the best if not the best that can one could possibly hope to hear and see in one's lifetime... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars 5star
5star blueray great buy today great sound got this for my dad as he loves this music not my cup of tea but when I see it it did draw me to it and I watched all of it and did enjoy... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jimmy12 rods
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH EVERY PENNY
AG's story is very much like that of Tosca herself, a soprano who's found fame. So she is really playing herself. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Martin Fierro
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