Puccini: Tosca (ARTHAUS 108027)
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A superlative staging of Puccini's Tosca by Italian opera producer Hugo de Ana brought to you from the world-famous Arena di Verona and complete with all the splendour that a Puccini opera demands! The popular tragedy is sung by a dream team cast of excellent singer-actors - Fiorenza Cedolins, Marcelo Alvarez, Ruggero Raimondi - and conducted by long-established Arena di Verona conductor Daniel Oren. The recording captures one of those special Verona summer evenings, when the audience fills the historic circle in expectation of the enjoyment of an open-air opera performance. Verona's amphitheatre, known as the 'arena', provides an atmospheric setting for the summer festival that has assembled the stars of the international opera scene each year since 1913. To view an opera in the former amphitheatre, the second largest of its kind after the Colosseum in Rome, can truly be regarded as an impressive experience. The DVD, however, provides a closer look at the stage and the singers and brings this dramatic opera directly to the home viewer.
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