Antonia Cifrone (Floria Tosca) Stefano Secco (Mario Cavaradossi) Giorgio Surian (Il Barone Scarpia) Riccardo Ferrari (Cesare Angelotti) Massimo La Guardia (Spoletta) Franco Boscolo (Il Sagrestano) Fernando Ciuffo (Sciarrone) Veio Torcigliani (Un Carceriere) Giovanni Caramanna (Un Pastore) Conductor Valerio Galli Director Mario Corradi Scenes and Costumes Igor Mitoraj Orchestra and Chorus of Festival Puccini
Recorded at the Puccini Festival, Torre del Lago, Viareggio, Lucca. August 2007
This DVD was recorded during the 53rd edition of the renowned Festival Puccini which takes place every year in the composer’s hometown of Torre del Lago.
The entire cast received excellent reviews, particularly Cifrone who “gave an exquisite performance both vocally and dramatically”, and Giordani’s who “shone in the top register and displayed an impressive dynamic range” (Musicweb)
Contemporary Polish sculptor and artist Igor Mitoraj has also been hailed for his splendid and imaginative sets. Mitoraj’s style is deeply rooted in classical traditions but with a post-modern twist and has had work displayed at Canada Square, and the British Museum.
“…a highly “musical” and talented cast . . . with Irina Lungu a sexier and more assertive Micaëla than usually expected and Nino Surguladze vocally perfect” – La Repubblica