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4.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY GOOD. NOT QUITE THERE, 22 Aug 2013
This review is from: Puccini: Tosca [Royal Opera House, 2011] - Gheorghiu, Kaufmann, Terfel [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
The sets are very good, I like the church, though the painting looks a bit out of place. The sacresti overacts a bit but it is generally good. Angellotti has such a small role that he needs no comment.
Kaufmann has a brilliant voice, but still falls a bit short of my other versions, Alvarez and Licitra. His voice is too dark for the role really.
Gheorghiu is very plausable as the neurotic and excitable Tosca, her voice is light and passionate, I slightly prefer Guleghina from my La Scala version, but she has the edge on Mattilla from The Met.
Tervil certainly has the voice for the part of Scarpio, he goes in for a lot of sneers, and is far less refined than other portrayals. I think this could be a matter of taste, but I prefer Nucci in the part.
Scarpios room is rather tastefully decorated, rather a good setting, an excellent place for a rather realistic murder. Nice fake blood though, but a nice clean knife. Not a spot on Toscas beautiful white dress.
After the other sets the Castle set looks rather like a stage with a wall backdrop, Could do better! The final duet of Kaufmann and Gheorghiu has too many highs and lows, particularly from Kaufmann. They get there in the end however with not too much trouble.
The execution does look realistic, rifle volley and gunsmoke, and Toscas final leap is well done.
All in all it is not bad, I shall certainly watch it again but not as often as La Scala version.
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