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  1. 02 Jan '10 14:32
    Tosca was modernized/updated for the first time in 30 years and the Franco Zefirelli sets replaced with newer sets. IMHO the whole thing created a bigger buzz than it merits and while it was an attractive presentation it was nothing to rise to the level of memorable the way Zefirelli's did. The singers as usual were top notch and the orchestra wonderful. Tosca is one of humanity's glorious works of art! I especially enjoyed E lucevan le stelle, sung with a depth of feeling as to truly make one feel one step from the firing squad like the character and think happy memories of San Andrea de La Valle near Castel S. Angelo where the opera ends! Scarpia was his usual evil self and portrayed masterfully by a credible singer. Tosca herself was not great but credible and solid!