The role of Tosca seemed to be made for Francesca Patane. In the role of a jealous diva in love, Patane has a rich and versatile temperament. She vibrantly expresses her personality as an actress with fine incisiveness, yet she is also capable of moments of poetic passion, as in her Vissi d'arte which inflames the audience's enthusiasm with it's sincerity. Jose Cura is a Cavaradossi of glowing vocal splendor, with crystal diction, indisputable mastery of the vocal line, with power and a consistent expressive quality. His thundering performance of Vittoria is a vivid and moving experience, and his E lucean le stelle is rich in flute-like passionate notes. The great baritone Renato Bruson brings to the role of Scarpia his usual extraordinaryRead more vocal performance. His interpretation of Scarpia, crushed between relentless passion for Tosca and the demands of political duty, is expressed with nobility. Bruson and Patane together attain unforgettable moments of emotional tension. Enrico Castiglione's sets avoided unorthodox solutions and exalt the intrinsic musical and theatrical values of Puccini's masterpiece. Conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi provides a sustained energy with sensitive eleation in the moments of high tension. This performance was acclaimed as an operatic event, and the superstar cast makes it a Tosca for the ages. Enrico Castiglione has directed the work with tremendous originality and dramatic power, heightening with a modern and cinematic style and a traditional setting of extraordinary effectiveness.