Otago Daily Times, November 10, 2012
By Geoff Adams
Puccini: "Tosca". Soloists with Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus.
This 2011 Covent Garden production of Tosca stars three splendid singers, with Angela Gheorghiu sensitively in the title role, Jonas Kaufmann the intense republican Mario Cavaradossi and Bryn Terfel as malevolent lustful police chief Scarpia. All three can act as well as sing - Terfel's role shows darkest menace. Antonio Pappano conducts and Jonathan Kent is stage director in this traditional production of the popular classic opera. Set and costumes are in period and filming excellent, including Tosca's dive over the castle parapet. As usual with DVDs the accompanying booklet is flimsy with no libretto or translation. Pappano provides a bonus video feature, however. Gheorghiu delights in Act 2 with her soprano artistry in Vissi D'Arte.

Highlight: Kaufmann's big tenor aria O Dolci Mani before execution.

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