Puccini's Tosca

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Love, lust and politics collide in Puccini’s Tosca, the subject of this week’s broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera. Set in Rome at the time of Napoleon’s advance on the city, the opera is one of the most beloved around.

As a thank you for supporting our fall membership drive, WQXR presents a special archival performance in the much-talked-about production by director Luc Bondy.

Met regular, soprano Patricia Racette, sings the fiery title role, tenor Jonas Kaufman is her lover, Cavaradossi, and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel is the lusty and evil Scarpia. Fabio Luisi conducts this 2010 performance.

Comments [9]

concetta nardone from Nassau

Yeah, the vampire hookers scene came out of Interview with the Vampire. What a bummer. These dopey sets take away from the great music. It seems the Met for the past few years has been producing really strange productions.
The Trovatore set looked like the loading dock at BJs, I thought Lokke was going to slide into the pit during Rheingold, etc.

Oct. 27 2012 10:14 AM
Peter O'Malley from Oakland, New Jersey

"Tosca" is my wife's favorite opera (at least her favorite Puccini) but we haven't seen this production yet, having both been big fans of the Zeffirelli version (oh, what a silly idea! to have things look like what is described in the score!) I don't know if I can bring myself to shell out Met ticket price amounts to see this thing, though. Hope they at least got rid of the vampire hookers clinging to Scarpia (gee, I missed them in the score) in Act II.
This broadcast was strange in that Kaufman sounds like a baritone much of the time: not the classic Italian dramatic tenor sound, but I can live with it.

Oct. 22 2012 11:17 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Dear CBC Glad to see you are well. Summer was very hot here. Glad it cooled off a bit but too warm right now for October. Hope summer was good to you.
Beautiful music in this opera. Really love the contrast at the end of first act. Te Deum and Scarpia with his filty desires.
Tante belle cose.

Oct. 20 2012 03:08 PM

Still miss the Zeffirelli production. Luc Bondy production is too threadbare and barren. The singers are great but I won't spend my money to see Tosca at the Met again.

Oct. 20 2012 01:12 PM

CBC I caan't agree with you more. Why did they scrap the fantastic Zefirelli prduction for this piece of schlock. Even the prior production was head & shoulders above the presnt one. I hope the Summer treated you well & you are still feisty & full of vinegar.

Oct. 20 2012 01:00 PM
Larry Eisenberg from New York City

Tosca is a gem of perfection,
A Puccini fashioned confection,
With a cast à propos
I am ready to go,
Without a hint of circumspection.

Oct. 20 2012 08:35 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau

I agree with the prior comment that this is better to listen to than to watch. Terrible production. Some of the newer productions from the Met have been awful.

Oct. 20 2012 07:36 AM
Bob Del Pazzo from NYC

This Met broadcast of "Tosca" from 2010 can only be described as "hot." I consider it one of the most sensational performances to be aired live. The chemistry and artistry of Racette, Kaufmann and Terfel as Tosca, Cavaradossi and Scarpia respectively are very much to the fore, not to mention the support and dramatic thrust of the orchestra as led by the wonderful Fabio Luisi. This not a broadcast to be missed!

Oct. 20 2012 07:11 AM
Jamie from Brooklyn

I'm sure this production looks better on the radio than on stage.

Oct. 19 2012 03:55 PM

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