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5.0 out of 5 stars
An almost priceless document for Callas lovers., 19 Dec. 2013
I am absolutely amazed that anyone could give this issue a 3 star rating. Maria Callas is now generally acknowledged to have been the greatest operatic soprano of the 20th Century and I was lucky enough to have seen her twice, once in this production of Tosca at Covent Garden. It is lamentable that so little of this great artists work survives on film and that is why this DVD is so valuable. Sure, the slightly grainy black and white and the camera work are very much of their time (1964) but the performance is so overwhelming that one can overlook these faults. Owning this DVD also gives the opera lover the opportunity to see Tito Gobbi's great performance as Scarpia - a benchmark interpretation that is still being imitated on stage today - and the sparks that fly between him and Callas' wonderful and vibrant Tosca still send shivers down my spine! Watching Callas during the murder scene and the laying out of the candles is an object lesson in great operatic acting. The arias from gala evenings are also extremely good and her performance of Tu Che la Vanita from Don Carlo is majestic in it's sweep. I would never want to be without this set.