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Robert Cummings
Classical Net, December 2012

This operatic production shows Dessi and Armiliato at their finest. Moreover, Claudio Sgura is also exceedingly excellent as Scarpia, and the other cast members are generally quite good. To top the performance off, the conductor, Marco Boemi, leads the proceedings with judicious tempos and draws splendid playing from the orchestra.

The production by Renzo Giacchieri is traditional and offers sets that are visually imposing and based of those of Adolf Hohenstein, that were used for his original design for the 1900 world premiere of this masterwork in Rome. I guess it would be hard to be more traditional and authentic than that. This Arthaus effort is clearly a mature take on Tosca…in most respects I think it would be hard to beat this production…Armiliato is also totally convincing in his role of Mario Cavaradossi.

In 2011 I reviewed another video issue of Tosca…also available on Blu-ray. It featured Fiorenza Cedolins and Marcelo Alvarez in the leads. I found it mostly good, especially in aspects of the production. This new one, however, has the edge in singing and the production is just as good, maybe better. Both feature excellent sound and superior camera work, but in the video realm, this new Arthaus Blu-ray may well be the Tosca of choice. © 2012 Classical Net Read complete review

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