Saturday, June 9, 2012

PUCCINI: TOSCA (13.04.2012, Staatsoper im Schiller Theater)


Melodramma in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to a libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Victorien Sardou´s play »La Tosca«.

Conductor: Leo Hussain
Director: Carl Riha 
Set design | Costume design: Wolfgang Bellach 

Floria Tosca: Amanda Echalaz
Mario Cavaradossi: Riccardo Massi
Scarpia: Andrzej Dobber 
Cesare Angelotti: Arttu Kataja 
Sacristan: Michael Kraus 
Spoletta: Paul O’Neill 
Sciarrone: Gyula Orendt 
Jailer: Alin Anca 
Shepherd boy: Mitglied des Kinderchors der Staatsoper Unter den Linden | Rowan Hellier

Well, well, well. Should I explain? 
When you talk about Tosca, it's always very hard not to compare the leading female in the role of Floria Tosca to the one and only, the divine Maria Callas. Yes, beside Norma, Tosca was also a very celebrated role of her during her peak times. So first of all, Amanda Echalaz as Tosca is doing fine. She's definitely not extraordinary, but she has the charisma to bring the character to the audience. The singing was quite amazing, even though there's also no 'wow' moment on the highlight arias of the opera. 
Somehow I think the Mario of the night is way better. On the final act of Tosca, when Mario read Scarpia's letter and realized his fate is coming to an end, you can tell: it's A-class acting. Love it like cherry on top! 

Actually there's nothing special about this production, but don't get me wrong. It's still worth watching from the second of third class seat. 

Admire the set, people. For it's just grandiose as any other Tosca productions. Hehehe... One more thing that I like, the atmosphere of the audience was very very relaxed, seemed to be ready to be entertained... Well, that's the first good sign of a night! And I also have the feeling, because it's TOSCA, people are gonna cheer anyway and go 'GASP!" when Tosca stabbed Scarpia. Classic move, yet classic means divine...

However, I enjoyed my night and recommend this production for beginners and 'my first time' Tosca audience. For the experts, wait for the next real thing.

Rating: 7/10

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