We see the excited crowd at the Arena di Verona, the ancient structure lit by enormous stadium lights, the passing of candlelight through the audience, and tourists snapping pictures. The flash bulbs keep popping, right through the performance. And as the opera unfolds, there is that feeling of watching a tired Broadway cast walk through yet another Phantom or Rent on a dreary Tuesday.
At first glance, this DVD of a 2006 performance of Tosca looks promising. At the podium, Daniel Oren leads a solid performance. Fiorenza Cedolins and Marcelo Alvarez star as the doomed couple, with Ruggero Raimondi as Scarpia. None of them are at the top of their game. Read more »