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Being filmed 'live' -no other quite like it !
on 24 June 2014
Its a shame about the 1 and 2 star reviews, due to faulty DVDs, because this is a 5 star production ! It was filmed 'live' in the actual settings in Rome, stipulated by Puccini, over 24 hours and could have gone horribly wrong ! As it was, Domingo stumbled and fell at one point but got up and carried on singing - it was definitely ' live' . This was edited from the released DVD ( I saw it on a TV recording ). Domingo was arguably a bit old for the role but he is so comfortable in it and so believable, it doesn't matter. He is also in glorious voice and has wonderful chemistry with Malfitano who makes a very good Tosca, singing and acting superbly . To complete this wonderful trio of singers is Raimondi, who makes a very virile Scarpia, his lust for Tosca being palpable when he hovers round her, as she prays. This production combines the realistic location settings of film with the 'live' singing of the opera house, so you get the visceral excitement of being in the opera house -almost. No other production of 'Tosca' has done this, so this is one of the many reasons I treasure this production.