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Catalogue No: OA0901D
Shop Product Code: 2098514
Puccini Daniela Dessì takes the title role in Nuria Espert’s new production of Puccini's fiery Roman melodrama of lust, betrayal and revenge. Filmed in High Definition during January 2004 at the Teatro Real, and mixed in sumptuous 5.1 Surround Sound, this intense and atmospheric production rates among the finest stage performances ever captured for DVD of Puccini's operatic tour de force.
A new production by the internationally acclaimed director Nuria Espert for the Teatro Real, Madrid, in a beautifully intense and dramatic classical style. The lighting by Vinicio Cheli increases the atmosphere of a performance which is destined as a benchmark for twenty-first century productions. Based on the theatre play La Tosca, by Victorien Sardou and first performed at the Teatro Costanzi de Roma on 14th January 1900. Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.
Daniela Dessì, Fabio Armiliato, Ruggero Raimondi, Marco Spotti, Miguel Sola, Emilio Sanchez, Josep Miquel Ribot, Francisco Santiago, Eliana Bayon
Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real / Maurizio Benini
Stage Director Nuria Espert
Interviews with Daniela Dessì & Fabio Armiliato, Ruggero Raimondi, Maurizio Benini, and Nuria Espert
28 page, full colour booklet includes article by Tom Sutcliffe, synopsis and artists biographies
'The orchestra of the Teatro Real is top-quality and conductor Maurizio Benini outshines himself in a score he clearly loves and knows exactly how to present to optimum advantage. Substantial interviews with the principal performers that benefit from someone who knows enough to ask the right questions, plus a perceptive booklet article by Tom Sutcliffe, add to the attractiveness of a set that in sheer seriousness of intent outclasses all other available performances.’
BBC Music Magazine
‘A newer version of Tosca from Madrid…should not be overlooked. Of the singing, I enjoyed best of all the slender Fabio Armiliato as Cavaradossi, a memorable assumption of a role which is often overshadowed in this opera.
A particular reason to recommend this DVD, even if you already have a favourite version, is the Extras, exemplary real interviews with the principals, conductor and director (without the redundant repeat extracts we often have to endure).
We learned in their joint conversation that Armiliato and Dessi are man and wife, and their discussion of the musical relationship is enlightening…These are informal, fluent discussions – in rapid Italian and Nuria Espert’s Spanish – so well subtitled that you understood everything they were saying.’
‘A new production by the noted actress/director Nuria Espert – one moreover in Spain, …promises much.
In Act 3, the production some strikes sparks. Daniela Dessì, singing with subtlety, colour and power…, Ruggero Raimondi remains a presence even when the voice is pushed by the higher-lying passages. Fabio Armiliato, in fluent voice… The recording is warm and true.’
International Record Review
CAT NO: OA 0901D
FORMAT: All Formats
REGIONS: All Regions
PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 194 MINS
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
NO OF DISCS: 1
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