Puccini: Tosca - Anja Harteros (Blu-ray)

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Anja Harteros, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Ludovic Tézier, Salzburger Bachchor, Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

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Premiered in 1900 with huge success, Puccini’s “melodramma” Tosca is a political thriller with a heart-breaking love story. With his gripping opening scene, stage director Michael Sturminger sets the tone for a cinematic, richly detailed Tosca which is set in the Mafiosi world of modern day Rome and which is “the perfect thriller … reminiscent of Scorsese’s ‘Goodfellas’” (Kleine Zeitung), a “film noir” (FAZ). In this production soprano Anja Harteros is “a phenomenal Tosca!” (Kurier), “unparalleled in the world” (Der Standard) and Aleksandrs Antonenko is “a Cavaradossi of superlatives” (Kieler Nachrichten). The Staatskapelle Dresden under Christian Thielemann „show again that he is not only a master of German repertoire but also strikes the right note in Italian repertoire.“ (Focus)

Recording date: Salzburg Easter Festival, April 2018

Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.0

Picture: NTSC 16:9

Subtitles: Italian (original language), English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese

Booklet: English, German, French

Total running time: 120 mins

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Puccini: Tosca

Anja Harteros, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Ludovic Tézier, Andrea Mastroni, Salzburger Bachchor Michael Sturminger

Salzburger Bachchor & Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann