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Puccini: Tosca / Callas, Cioni, Gobbi, Cillario


Release Date: 11/04/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 62675   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  David SellarRenato CioniVictor GodfreyRobert Bowman,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the early '60s, Maria Callas' mystique was in full bloom, but her career was in question, marred by frequent absences and cancellations. This 1964 production of Tosca was a triumph, however, showing her detractors that her voice was still intact, and reinforcing her fans' belief that she was the ideal diva -- brilliant of voice, and convincing on-stage. Tosca was the perfect role for Callas; she was the personification of the diva she played on-stage, and her acting brought an excitement to the part that few sopranos have equaled. This performance does show signs of vocal wear -- high passages have lost their bloom and taken on a slow wobble -- but it also has her more possessed of herself as an artist than she was even in her famous Read more performances from the 1950s. Her "Vissi d'arte" alone is enough to show her command of music and the stage. The sound quality is better than her live performances from Mexico. Even non-Callas fans will be interested in this Tosca, largely for the callous and magnetic Scarpia of Tito Gobbi, who is at his best here. Many baritones have brought bigger and more beautiful baritone voices to bear, but Gobbi had a special feel for this part -- how to realize a loathsome man in music while remaining real and human. Renato Cioni makes a good Cavaradossi, although not on the level of his co-stars. Carlo Felice Cillario's musical leadership is excellent, resulting in a much tidier and compelling orchestral sound than is found in many live recordings, especially from that era. This is probably not the right choice for a first or only Tosca, but fans of Callas, or just fans of the opera will find a lot to enjoy here.

-- Allen Schrott, AllMusic.com

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This set includes the libretto in Italian and English. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  David Sellar (Boy Alto), Renato Cioni (Tenor), Victor Godfrey (Bass),
Robert Bowman (Tenor), Eric Garrett (Bass), Dennis Wicks (Baritone),
Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Maria Callas (Soprano), Edgard Boniface (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Tosca, Act 1: Ah! Finalmente! (Angelotti)
Tosca, Act 1: E sempre lava! (Sagrestano)
Tosca, Act 1: Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae (Sagrestano/Cavardossi)
Tosca, Act 1: Dammi i colori! (Cavaradossi)
Tosca, Act 1: Recondita harmonia (Cavaradossi/Sagrestano)
Tosca, Act 1: Ma con quei cani di volterriani (Sagrestano/Cavaradossi)
Tosca, Act 1: Pieno è paniere (Sagrestano/Cavaradossi)
Tosca, Act 1: Gente là dentro (Cavaradossi/Angelotti/Tosca)
Tosca, Act 1: Mario! / Son qui! (Tosca/Cavaradossi)
Tosca, Act 1: Ora stammi a sentir (Tosca/Cavaradossi)
Tosca, Act 1: Non la sospiri la nostra casetta (Tosca/Cavaradossi)
Tosca, Act 1: Ora lasciami al lavoro (Cavaradossi/Tosca)
Tosca, Act 1: Ah, quegli occhi! / Qual occhio al mondo (Tosca/Cavaradossi)
Tosca, Act 1: Mia gelosa! (Cavaradossi/Tosca)
Tosca, Act 1: È buona mia Tosca (Cavaradossi/Tosca)
Tosca, Act 1: Il cannon del castello!....Sommo giubilo, Eccelenza! (Cavaradossi/Angelotti/Sagrestano)
Tosca, Act 1: Tutta qui la cantoria! Presto! (Sagrestano/Chierici, Confratelli, Allievi e Cantori della cappella)
Tosca, Act 1: Un tal baccano in chiesa! (Scarpia/Sagrestano/Soletta)
Tosca, Act 1: Or tutto è chiaro (Scarpia/Tosca/Sagrestano)
Tosca, Act 1: La corona! Lo stemma! (Tosca/Scarpia)
Tosca, Act 1: Oh mio bel nido insozzato di fango! (Tosca/Scarpia)
Tosca, Act 1: Tre sbirri, una carrozza (Scarpia/Spoletta/Chierici, Confratelli, Allievi, Cantori e Capitolo della cappella)
Tosca, Act 2: Tosca è un buon falco! (Scarpia/Sciarrone)
Tosca, Act 2: Ha più forte sapore (Scarpia/Sciarrone)
Tosca, Act 2: O galantuomo, com'ando la caccia? (Scarpia/Spoletta)
Tosca, Act 2: Ch'io lo trassi in arresto (Spoletta/Scarpia/Coro interno/Cavaradossi/Tosca)
Tosca, Act 2: Dov'è Angelotti? (Scarpia/Cavaradossi/Spoletta/Tosca)
Tosca, Act 2: Pria le forme ordinarie (Scarpia)
Tosca, Act 2: Ed or fra noi parliamo da buoni amici (Scarpia/Tosca)
Tosca, Act 2: Sciarrone: che dice il Cavalier? (Scarpia/Sciarrone/Tosca/Cavaradossi)
Tosca, Act 2: Orsù, Tosca, parlate (Scarpia/Tosca/Cavaradossi/Spoletta/Sciarrone)
Tosca, Act 2: Floria / Amore (Cavaradossi/Tosca/Scarpia/Sciarrone)
Tosca, Act 2: Nel pozzo del giardino. Va, Spoletta! (Scarpia/Cavaradossi/Tosca/Sciarrone)
Tosca, Act 2: L'alba vindice appar (Cavaradossi/Tosca/Sciarrone)
Tosca, Act 2: La povera mia cena fu interrotta (Scarpia)
Tosca, Act 2: Quanto?....Il prezzo (Tosca/Scarpia)
Tosca, Act 2: Se la giurata fede debbo tradir....Già mi struggea l'amor (Scarpia/Tosca)
Tosca, Act 2: Come tu m'odii! (Scarpia/Tosca)
Tosca, Act 2: Vissi d'arte (Tosca)
Tosca, Act 2: Risolvi?....Vedi...le man giunte io stendo a te (Scarpia/Tosca)
Tosca, Act 2: Chi è là? (Scarpia/Spoletta/Tosca)
Tosca, Act 2: Io tenni la promessa (Scarpia/Tosca)
Tosca, Act 2: Tosca, finalmente mia! (Scarpia/Tosca)
Tosca, Act 2: Or gli perdono! (Tosca)
Tosca, Act 3: [Orchestra]
Tosca, Act 3: Io de'sospiri (Un Pastore)
Tosca, Act 3: [Orchestra]
Tosca, Act 3: [Orchestra]...Mario Cavaradossi? (Carceriere)
Tosca, Act 3: Vi resta un'ora (Carceriere/Cavaradossi)
Tosca, Act 3: [Orchestra]
Tosca, Act 3: E lucevan le stelle (Cavaradossi)
Tosca, Act 3: [Orchestra]...Ah! Franchigia e Floria Tosca (Cavaradossi/Tosca)
Tosca, Act 3: Il tuo sangue o il mio amore volea (Tosca)
Tosca, Act 3: O dolci mani mansuete pure (Cavaradossi)
Tosca, Act 3: Senti, l'ora è vicina (Tosca)
Tosca, Act 3: Amaro sol per te m'era il morire (Cavaradossi/Tosca)
Tosca, Act 3: E non giungono (Tosca/Cavaradossi/Carceriere)
Tosca, Act 3: Come è lunga l'attesa! (Tosca)
Tosca, Act 3: Presto, su! Mario! (Tosca/Spoletta/Sciarrone/Soldati)

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