Tosca (2CD) - Callas
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Puccini: Tosca (Covent Garden, 24/01/1964)(2CD)
There are obvious parallels between Tosca– the passionate, but vulnerable Roman diva – and Maria Callas. ‘Vissi d’arte’ (Ilived for art), the character’s moving Act II aria, has acquired a particular symbolism since the soprano’s death in 1977.Tosca was the last opera that Callas performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. It afforded her a triumphant return to the opera stage after an absence of nearly 18 months. Scarpia was sung by her beloved colleague Tito Gobbi, another natural stage animal, and the sumptuous production was by Franco Zeffirelli. As the critic John Warrack wrote: “Insum, this was one of those precious occasions when the disparate parts of opera mysteriously fuse into the total experience we always await.”
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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