Tosca (CD) - Muti, Guleghina, Nucci

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Tosca (CD) - Muti, Guleghina, Nucci

Two works by Giacomo Puccini are included in this new batch of reissues. From Puccini’s least-known opera to one of his most famous: Tosca. Russian soprano Maria Guleghina has had an especially close association with the title role, singing it at virtually every major opera house in the world, most notably at La Scala under Riccardo Muti in 2000, with Salvatore Licitra as Cavaradossi and Leo Nucci as Scarpia.

Those performances were recorded by Sony Classical. Gramophone wrote: “Fans of the soprano will be delighted: she is in ample, imperious voice, with a dramatic Slav vibrancy to it. She launches ‘Vissi d’arte’ with abundant, expressive tone, and in vocal temperament she would be a match for any Scarpia.

Licitra’s voice is full, ringing and easily produced, a genuinely Italianate sound of great potential … Muti employs much subtly moulded rubato and the orchestra often responds with very beautiful playing.”

History

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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