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Tosca - Live in HD (DVD) - Met Opera
Tosca Live in HD
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Release Date: 2010
Conductor: Joseph Colaneri
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Stage Director: Luc Bondy
Label: Virgin Classics
Tosca tells the tragic story of three people - a famous opera singer, a free-thinking painter, and a sadistic chief of police - caught in a net of love and politics. Soprano Karita Mattila sings the title role for the first time outside her native Finland. Luc Bondy, acclaimed for his imaginative theater and opera productions, directs. The cast also includes Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and George Gagnidze as Scarpia. Joseph Colaneri conducts.
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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