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TOSCA ****** GIACOMO PUCCINI CAST:  Raina Kabaivanska: Tosca  Plácido Domingo: Mario Cavaradossi  Sherrill Milnes: Scarpia  Directed by Gianfranco De Bosio. Bruno Bartoletti conducting New Philharmonia Orchestra and  Ambrosian Singers. This 1976 production (or rather opera-based movie) of Tosca is something that will make the heart of every opera lover out there beat a little faster. Everything here just came together to create an unforgettable experience and every little detail, starting with the performers, through costumes (elaborate and true to the era), set design or filming locations (original historic Roman buildings have been used as backdrop for this spectacle) just added an extra touch of magic to the overall effect. The sheer beauty of Kabaivanska’s and Domingo’s voices literally takes your breath away: a gorgeous soprano and divine tenor harmonizing together in every glorious note. During the making of this movie they were both in their physical prime; therefore they constitute a very attractive couple not only vocally, but also visually. They seem surprisingly convincing as two people in love and I, for one, really believed in their passion. Their chemistry rang true in all the  stages of this emotional drama: tender endearments, wild jealousy and immense suffering. Scarpia, being of course one of the most despicable operatic villains of all times, is so vile he might just be the perfect embodiment of pure evil. In fact the dude is so twisted, you just want to grab him by his questionable hairdo and keep on slapping that self-satisfied face until he cries like a little girl! Sherril Milnes does an outstanding job creating this character, he appears very authentic: somewhat psychotic, completely immoral and above all chilling to the bone, while cleverly spinning his web of deception. In the end Scarpia does play the bigger, more intricate and interesting role than the straight shooting and heroic Mario, so even though we are, of course, supposed to hate him, he still commands a lot of respect and takes up a substantial amount of  stage time.  This production also features one of the best and most moving renditions of Vissi d'arte by Kabaivanska (strong voice, but sill velvety and crystal clear on the high notes) as well as E lucevan le stelle by  Placido Domingo (forceful and vulnerable at the same time: a man saying farewell to his love with all the vehemence and desperation of a person doomed).  If you are looking for an opera-based film that will evoke some strong emotions, as well as provide you with deep aesthetical pleasure, then this is definitely the one. Absolutely worthy of the biggest praise! BUY ON AMAZON: All Regions:                                 Region 2:               
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TOSCA ****** GIACOMO PUCCINI CAST:  Raina Kabaivanska: Tosca  Plácido Domingo: Mario  Cavaradossi  Sherrill Milnes: Scarpia  Directed by Gianfranco De Bosio. Bruno Bartoletti conducting New  Philharmonia Orchestra and Ambrosian  Singers. This 1976 production (or rather opera-based movie) of Tosca is something that will make the heart of every opera lover out there beat a little faster. Everything here just came together to create an unforgettable experience and every little detail, starting with the performers, through costumes (elaborate and true to the era), set design or filming locations (original historic Roman buildings have been used as backdrop for this spectacle) just added an extra touch of magic to the  overall effect. The sheer beauty of Kabaivanska’s and Domingo’s voices literally takes your breath away: a gorgeous soprano and divine tenor harmonizing together in every glorious note. During the making of this movie they were both in their physical prime; therefore they constitute a very attractive couple not only vocally, but also visually. They seem surprisingly convincing as two people in love and I, for one, really believed in their passion. Their chemistry rang  true in all the stages of this emotional drama: tender  endearments, wild jealousy and immense suffering. Scarpia, being of course one of the most despicable operatic villains of all times, is so vile he might just be the perfect embodiment of pure evil. In fact the dude is so twisted, you just want to grab him by his questionable hairdo and keep on slapping that self-satisfied face until he cries like a little girl! Sherril Milnes does an outstanding job creating this character, he appears very authentic: somewhat psychotic, completely immoral and above all chilling to the bone, while cleverly spinning his web of deception. In the end Scarpia does play the bigger, more intricate and interesting role than the straight shooting and heroic Mario, so even though we are, of course, supposed to hate him, he still commands a lot of respect and takes up a  substantial amount of stage time.  This production also features one of the best and most moving renditions of Vissi d'arte by Kabaivanska (strong voice, but sill velvety and crystal clear on the high notes) as well as E lucevan le stelle by  Placido Domingo (forceful and vulnerable at the same time: a man saying farewell to his love with all the vehemence and desperation  of a person doomed).  If you are looking for an opera-based film that will evoke some strong emotions, as well as provide you with deep aesthetical pleasure, then this is definitely  the one. Absolutely worthy of the biggest praise!                                            
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