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Tosca: In the Settings and at the Times of Tosca (1992)

Performed in the actual Roman settings described in the libretto. Moreover, the scenes take place at the appropriate times of day. Rome, June 1800. Floria Tosca is a celebrated opera singer... See full summary »



(libretto) (as L. Illica), (libretto) (as G. Giacosa) | 1 more credit »
Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »


Credited cast:
Catherine Malfitano ...
Mario Cavaradossi
Giacomo Prestia ...
Giorgio Gatti ...
Mauro Buffoli ...
Silvestro Sammaritano ...
Franco Federici ...
Simone Scatarzi ...
Zubin Mehta ...
Himself - Direttore d'orchestra
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Ragazzi del Coro dell'Assunzione ...


Performed in the actual Roman settings described in the libretto. Moreover, the scenes take place at the appropriate times of day. Rome, June 1800. Floria Tosca is a celebrated opera singer, better known as La Tosca. Her lover is Mario Cavaradossi, a young artist and Bomapartist sympathizer. When the latter helps Angelotti, the leader of the opposition, to escape from prison and hides him in La Tosca's home, he antagonizes Baron Scarpia, the ruthless chief of police, all the more as his love for Tosca is unrequited. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Release Date:

1 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tosca  »

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This production was originally broadcast live in three parts - each part corresponding to each act, each act performed and broadcast from the actual building in which that act takes place in the plot, and at the exact time of day the action in the particular act occurs. None of it was filmed on sets especially built for the production. To accomplish this unheard-of feat, the singers were outfitted with tiny, nearly invisible radio transmitters plugged in their ears, which enabled them to hear the orchestra playing the accompaniments in the studio as the singers actually sang live in their respective locations. See more »


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One of my favourite versions of one of my favourite operas
23 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love Tosca and always have done. It has a very dark, somewhat complex and perhaps tragic story, great characters(Scarpia when performed well lives long in the memory) and superb music. I have always loved Puccini, and I feel Tosca is his magnum opus, that is subjective of course but to me it is his darkest, most complex opera. There are so many highlights, not just Recondita Armonia, Vissi D'Arte and E Lucevan Le Stelle but also the Te Deum, the climax and the beautiful and haunting music that you hear as Scarpia writes the letter/safe conduct.

As for this 1992 production, it is one of my favourite versions along with the 1976 one. It does look great, the sets are very well done and some bits of staging such as any scene between Tosca and Scarpia- the murder scene is incredibly chilling- and the te deum are truly inspired. The vidoegraphy is also interesting, with some nice close ups and frames, and the costumes are beautiful especially Tosca's dress in Act 2.

The orchestra play the music wonderfully, while the conducting I had no problem with either. The performances add a lot to how good this production is. Catherine Malfitano is an exceptional Tosca, she has a beautiful voice that projects impressively and her acting is above excellent. Placido Domingo is great as Caveradossi, while he is very poignant in Act 3 some of him in Act 2 also comes across as somewhat arrogant. Not but not least, Ruggero Raimondi as Scarpia. I cannot say enough possibly about how good he is other than saying he is one of the best Scarpias I've seen, charming sometimes yet truly sinister and Machiavellian at other points.

All in all, if you love Tosca, if you find yourself a copy of this production, I personally wouldn't miss it. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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