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At The Opera, Puccini: Tosca May 18, 2013


Tosca is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on January 14, 1900. The work, based on Victorien Sardou's 1887 French-language dramatic play, La Tosca, is a melodramatic piece set in Rome in June 1800, with the Kingdom of Naples's control of Rome threatened by Napoleon's invasion of Italy. It contains depictions of torture, murder and suicide, yet also includes some of Puccini's best-known lyrical arias, and has inspired memorable performances from many of opera's leading singers.

Puccini saw Sardou's play when it was touring Italy in 1889 and, after some vacillation, obtained the rights to turn the work into an opera in 1895. Turning the wordy French play into a succinct Italian opera took four years, during which the composer repeatedly argued with his librettists and publisher. Tosca premiered at a time of unrest in Rome, and its first performance was delayed for a day for fear of disturbances. Despite indifferent reviews from the critics, the opera was an immediate success with the public. This all star recording from 1958 stars Renata Tebaldi, Giuseppe DI Stefano and George London. Francesco Molinari-Pradelli conducts.

 
Saturday, May 18, 2013

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
8:12p
Giacomo Puccini: Tosca - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia ; Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, conductor; Renata Tebaldi / Mario del Monaco / George London; Label: Polygram Records FindBUY
10:00p
10:38p
Giuseppe Verdi: Se Quel Guerrier Io Fossi... Celeste Aida - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia ; Giandrea Gavazzeni, conductor; Carlo Bergonzi; Label: Decca Import FindBUY
10:43p
Verdi: Luisa Miller, opera: Oh! Fede negar potessi...Quando le sere al placido ; Carlo Bergonzi; Label: Decca Import FindBUY
10:49p
Giuseppe Verdi: la Vita E Un Inferno... O Tu Che In Seno Agli Angeli - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia ; Giandrea Gavazzeni, conductor; Carlo Bergonzi; Label: Decca Import FindBUY
10:55p
Giuseppe Verdi: Ah Si, Ben Mio - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia ; Giandrea Gavazzeni, conductor; Carlo Bergonzi; Label: Decca Import FindBUY
10:58p
Giuseppe Verdi: Forse La Soglia Attinse... Ma Se M'e Forza Perderti - Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia ; Giandrea Gavazzeni, conductor; Carlo Bergonzi; Label: Decca Import FindBUY
11:00p
11:03p
Carlo Bergonzi: L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: Mi batte il cor...O paradiso! ; Label: Decca Import FindBUY
11:06p
Giordano: Come Un Bel Di Di Maggio - Andrea Chenier ; Giandrea Gavazzeni, conductor; Label: Decca Import FindBUY
11:09p
Carlo Bergonzi: La Dolcissima ; Label: Decca Import FindBUY
11:11p
Carlo Bergonzi: L'anima Ho Stanca ; Label: Decca Import FindBUY
11:13p
Puccini: Donna Non Vidi Mai ; Giandrea Gavazzeni, conductor; Label: Decca Import FindBUY
11:15p
Offenbach: Excerpts from La Belle Helene - Choeur Et Orchestre Du Capitole De Toulouse; Michel Plasson, conductor; Jessye Norman; Label: EMI Classics FindBUY
11:33p
Rossini: La Ran La Lera...Largo Al Factotum ; Aleco Galliera, conductor; Label: EMI Classics FindBUY
11:38p
Richard Wagner: Gotterdammerung: Fliegt heim, ihr Raben! Immolation Scene - Vienna Philharmonic; Sir Georg Solti, conductor; Birgit Nilsson; Label: Decca FindBUY
11:55p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
11:58p
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act III - Czecho-Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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