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5.0 out of 5 stars Real passion and a spectacular venue, 7 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Puccini: Tosca [Blu-ray] [2011] (Blu-ray)
I have owned a few video presentations of this opera and this, for me, is the best option among the more modern versions. I also bought it before the price was reduced to the current bargain range (depending on the Arthaus version advertised) so it seems to me to offer terrific value.

The venue at Verona is spectacular with everything being presented on a large scale. This produces a situation of swings and roundabouts. The voices can get somewhat submerged, but not inaudible, at the big moments - and there are many. However, with the aid of the subtitles, it is easy enough to precisely follow the words being sung without any guesswork.

At the same time there is also conveyed a degree of required effort which I personally find appropriate to the scale of the drama being portrayed. The crucial death of Scarpia must equally be conveyed with an overwhelming passion and hatred and in this respect we are fully catered for. Several otherwise fine performances fall at this hurdle. The singers here are all up to the task vocally and as actors. The orchestra are well recorded especially when considering the demands of the venue.

As a recording this succeeds in creating the sense of considerable spectacle and the imaging is as crisp and as involving as one could reasonably expect from such a setting and venue. The sound is equally praise-worthy and is presented in DTS 5.1 and stereo options.

This is a red-blooded Tosca writ large. Tosca is all about passion, larger than life characters and events supported by music conceived on a large scale. That, for me, is what we get here and I for one, am very satisfied. Highly recommended especially as it is now available at a much reduced price.
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I. Giles
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Location: Argyll, Scotland

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