TOSCA

When:
2019-06-20 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am America/New York Timezone
2019-06-20T00:00:00-04:00
2019-06-20T03:00:00-04:00


TOSCA:Puccini
Original Air Date: 01/07/1956
Mitropoulos; Tebalsi, Tucker, Warren
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I don’t love Tosca. Warren is not my favorite Scarpia, but this performance is simply a must hear. The Opera-L archives have reactions from some tough critics on this performance, and the reaction is always the same; LISTEN! Just as the Callas/De Sabata dominates the commercial Toscas, this Met performance is the best live performance I’ve ever heard of Tosca. For ten broadcasts and 18 years, Bing did not repeat a protagonist until Crespin did a second Tosca broadcast (both have been on Sirius). The major Sirius omission is Stella, Tucker, Warren from 1958. I wouldn’t mind hearing Roman from 1950, but the 1958 looks very strong on paper. And Mitropoulos gets full marks for molding these thoroughbreds into such a satisfying whole. 6/19/12 – I love this performance, and it is thankfully on MOoD, but for a change I wish Sirius would broadcast the Stella performance also with Tucker and Warren, also under Mitropoulos. Some of the more recent Tosca broadcasts from Sirius make one wonder how they were selected! 3/8/11 – I don’t love Tosca. Warren is not my favorite Scarpia, but this performance is simply a must hear. The Opera-L archives have reactions from some tough critics on this performance, and the reaction is always the same; LISTEN! It’s on Met Player to be experienced anytime and to me every bit the equal of the legendary commercial Callas/De Sabata recording. Just as the Callas dominates the commercial Toscas, this Met performance is the best live performance I’ve ever heard of Tosca. For 10 broadcasts and 18 years, Bing did not repeat a protagonist until Crespin did a second Tosca broadcast (both have been on Sirius). The major Sirius omission is Stella, Tucker, Warren from 1958. I wouldn’t mind hearing Roman from 1950, but the 1958 looks very strong on paper.

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