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Tosca (2 CD) - Met Historic Radio Broadcast
Tosca (2 CD)
This complete live recording is taken from the Met's historic Saturday afternoon radio performances and is newly remastered from the original April 7, 1962, broadcast. This brand new multi-disc set represents its first official release on CD.
The New York Times says, "Ms. Price is a magnificent Tosca, singing with vibrant, throbbing intensity when it is called for, and spinning Tosca's coyly romantic phrases in Act I with sensual lyricism and grace."
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Release Date: 1/25/11
Conductor: Kurt Adler
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Sony Masterworks
Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination.
Premiere: Teatro Costanzi, Rome, 1900.
Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)
No opera is more tied to its setting than Tosca, which takes place in Rome on the morning of June 17, 1800, through dawn the following day. The specified settings for each of the three acts—the Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle, Palazzo Farnese, and Castel Sant’Angelo—are familiar monuments in the city and can still be visited today.
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