I have seen many performances of 'Tosca' in my time, but none to equal this one. It is superb, with wonderful singing from all who took part in the production. Eva Marton is a glamorous and convincing Tosca - her 'Vissi d'arte' is magnificent, emotionally moving and beautifully performed. Giacomo Aragall was probably the best Cavaradossi of the latter half of the twentieth century. His singing is sublime and his acting is exceptional. He brings to life the young painter, and looks good in the role as well as portraying the ardent young lover in a thoroughly convincing way. His 'E Lucevan le stelle' is heart breaking and is the best performance I have ever seen of this aria. Ingvar Wixell is a very satisfying Scarpia - no half measures here, he is pure evil from start to finish and sings the role with emotional relish. The rest of the cast are extremely convincing, and we are even treated to the spectacle of some live sheep on the stage at the beginning of Act Three. The lighting is excellent, and the sets and costumes live up to the extremely high standard of this production.
Stylishly and beautifully performed at the Arena Di Verona this should please all but the most jaded opera lover. A most highly recommended performance.
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