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Tosca (CD)

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Tosca (CD)
Artists: Renata Tebaldi
Conductor: Arturo Basile
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Audio CD (October 9, 2015)
SPARS Code: ADD
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Walhall Eternity

It’s his greatest, or at least his most popular, opera, and she one of the finest interpreters of its title role. Though she seems somehow to have slipped from view when considering the greatest 20th c. sopranos, Renata Tebaldi is etched firmly into that mountainside with but few others. One of her great roles was, of course, Tosca, and she is heard here singing just this role in a 1961 live recording from Tokyo, Arturo Basile leading the NHK Symphony and Chorus. The cast is complementary to Tebaldi, with Giangiacomo Guelfi’s Scarpia being the most notable. Remastered in 24bit/96kHs sound.
 

Tosca
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.

Composer
Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924)

Setting
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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