Puccini: Tosca (Met DVD) – Luciano Pavarotti, Shirley Verrett

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Puccini: Tosca (Met DVD) – Luciano Pavarotti, Shirley Verrett

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Artists: Shirley Verrett, Luciano Pavarotti, Cornell MacNeil, Fernando Corena, Andrea Velis, John Cheek, Russell Christopher, Robert Sapolsky, Philip Booth, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: James Conlon
Director: Tito Gobbi
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Decca
DVD Release Date: Oct 19, 2010
Run Time: 127 minutes

Luciano Pavarotti’s Cavaradossi in Tosca was his most celebrated role at the Met. It was captured for posterity in Tito Gobbi’s famous production in 1978, with a luminous Shirley Verrett in the title role and the tenor in his glorious prime. The stellar cast also includes Cornell MacNeil and Fernando Corena.

This disc also includes bonus materials such as behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage and interviews with the director, conductor and cast.

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Tosca premiered in 1900 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. It is one of the world’s most frequently performed operas and is known as much for its gripping drama as for its appealing score. The setting is Rome, where Tosca, a beautiful and famous singer, battles to save her lover Mario from the sadistic police chief Scarpia. The role of Tosca has been long considered a proving ground for great operatic actresses.

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