Notes and Editorial Reviews
Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca has been one of the world’s most beloved operas since its first performance on January 14, 1900. Based on a play by Sardou, the opera ranges from tender love scenes to murderous rage.
The role of Tosca is one of the greatest tests of the soprano. For the music and the dramatic demands this role places upon every prima donna is perhaps unequaled in the entire operatic repertoire.
Eva Marton aspired to meet this challenge and the critical acclaim for this production was unprecedented:
“Eva Marton has a big voice and at the dramatic climaxes it filled the Opera Theatre with thrilling effect. Yet with this seemingly effortless power is always firm control and an even tonal quality, and
in the quieter more tender moments in the score, such as her final duet with Cavaradossi or in her moving second-act prayer, Vissi d’ arte, the full warmth of her voice was revealed.
Marton’s Tosca is not merely a good, devout woman driven to violence, but suggests a hidden tigress right from her jealous accusations of Cavaradossi in the first act: this explodes in the second act where her stabbing of Scarpia is no moment of distraction but the calculated culmination of her rising fury and desperation.
This was another excellent Australian Opera presentation of Puccini’s operatic thriller, which will remain in the memory for Eva Martons outstanding assumption of the title role.”
- Canberra Times
Pieter Van Der Stolk
The Australian Opera Chorus
Chorus Master: Gordon Kember
The Elizabethian Sydney Orchestra
Associate Concertmaster: Gordon Bennett
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Conductor: Alberto Erede
Produced and Directed for Video by: Peter Butler
Region: 1 (US and Canada)
Running Time: 123 minutes
Works on This Recording
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Pieter Van Der Stolk (Baritone),
Eva Martón (Soprano),
John Shaw (Baritone),
Lamberto Furlan (Tenor),
John Germain (Baritone)
Written: 1900; Italy
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