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Saturday, December 6, 2014 Permalink

At the Opera, Puccini: Tosca, 12/06/14

  

Tosca is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on January 14, 1900. The work, based on Victorien Sardou's 1887 French-language dramatic play, La Tosca, is a melodramatic piece set in Rome in June 1800, with the Kingdom of Naples's control of Rome threatened by Napoleon's invasion of Italy. It contains depictions of torture, murder and suicide, as well as some of Puccini's best-known lyrical arias, and has inspired memorable performances from many of opera's leading singers.

Puccini saw Sardou's play when it was touring Italy in 1889 and, after some vacillation, obtained the rights to turn the work into an opera in 1895. Turning the wordy French play into a succinct Italian opera took four years, during which the composer repeatedly argued with his librettists and publisher. Tosca premiered at a time of unrest in Rome, and its first performance was delayed for a day for fear of disturbances. Despite indifferent reviews from the critics, the opera was an immediate success with the public. This classic 1953 EMI recording stars Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano and Tito Gobbi. Victor de Sabata conducts the La Scala Opera.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:11pm
Puccini: TOSCA BUY La Scala; De Sabata, conductor
10:00pm
10:31pm
Puccini: Madame Butterfly: Ja, es ward Abend - Madchen, in deinen Augen liegt ein Zauber, Act I BUY from Fritz Wunderlich: Great German Tenor; composed by Puccini
10:49pm
Samuel Barber: Samuel Barber - Hermit Songs, Op. 29 BUY from Library of Congress 19: Price & Barber; composed by Samuel Barber
11:00pm
11:12pm
Mascagni: L'Amico Fritz: Suzel, Buon Di (Cherry Duet) - Tito Schipa/Mafalda Favero BUY from Prima Voce: Tito Schipa; composed by Mascagni
11:23pm
Verdi: Ella giammai m'amo MET; James Levine, conductor
11:33pm
Mozart: Der Holle Rache BUY from Magic Flute; composed by Mozart
11:38pm
Elena Suliotis: La Gioconda, Suicido! BUY Elena Suliotis
London/Decca 4758366
11:42pm
Verdi: La forza del destino, Solenne in quest'ora BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Verdi
London/Decca 4758366
11:46pm
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Mild und leise (Liebestod) BUY from Ultimate Opera [Box Set]; composed by Wagner
London/Decca 4758366
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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