7 comments for “Tosca

  1. woodsy42
    October 8, 2019 at 23:11

    There is only one sort of music I can’t stand and that’s opera…oh, and jazz.
    There are only two sorts of music I cant stand, opera, jazz….oh, and rap.
    etc

  2. October 9, 2019 at 04:47

    Beautiful. Skilled and talented, all from Composer to the smallest on-stage part.

    The music of Opera can lift me and plunge me. The bits between the Arias, where the story is sung can leave me a tad ‘time-wasting’, but then I can always make a cup of coffee.

    I recall some time ago — must be twenty years or more — when a TV production of Tosca was broadcast around the world. The ‘places’ of the Acts were in the actual originals. In situ. The time was at the time, down to the moment. The scheduling to ensure that 10pm or 2am in the opera was 10 pm or 2am when seen on a TV in Timbuktoo and Taiwan must have been as complicated as getting NASA data from Callisto.

    The production lasted several days, of course, as per the Opera itself.

    Just fabulous.

    • October 9, 2019 at 05:47

      The problem with this slot on Tuesday is fidelity from youtubes – a long work of nearing two hours in some cases is more suited to your sound system and headphones.

      Best scheme then seems to be to take some set pieces as a sort of trailer or reminder.

      Tosca is a classic case of vilified by critics, loved by concertgoers in the early days. Maybe the most gory piece in opera?

  3. Kevin B
    October 9, 2019 at 13:09

    James. I don’t know about the goriest opera, Puccini’s Turandot is pretty gory as well, but off the top of my head, I figure Dialogues des CarmĂ©lites is certainly one of the bloodiest.

    It’s based on the true story of a bunch of nuns, sixteen of them, who refuse to bow to the mob during the French revolution and are sentenced to death. The scene at the end of the piece where, one by one, they go to the guillotine singing Salve Regina is pretty moving, especially as the score includes the swish of the blade coming down as each sister is topped.

    p.s Thanks for this post. Most enjoyable.

  4. James Strong
    October 9, 2019 at 16:46

    Opera: it doesn’t matter that you can’t make out the words because they’re sung in a foreign language anyway.

    And without a synopsis of the story before the performance you can’t follow the plot.

    Apart from that opera is great art. Not.

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