Opera review: Tosca at the English National Opera
No eyes can stay dry at the demise of Madam Butterfly and even I have to stifle the sobs when I'm watching poor Mimi breathe her last in La Boheme, but for a Puccini opera with a convincing, tragic plot, nothing beats Tosca.
Indeed, I have always felt that in the whole of grand opera, the only work that matches it for sheer gripping tension is Verdi's Rigoletto. But Tosca has a better villain and also, in Catherine Malfitano's excellent production at ENO, has a stunningly effective suicidal leap over the battlements for the heroine at the end, which together push the Verdi into a narrow... read more
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