Friday, September 8, 2017

September 8, 2001: Tosca in Zurich

2001-09-08 Tosca (G. Puccini), Opernhaus Zurich

Floria Tosca = Daniela Dessi
Mario Cavaradossi = José Cura
Baron Scarpia = Ruggero Raimondi
Cesare Angelotti = Guido Götzen
Der Mesner = Giuseppe Scorsin
Spoletta = Volker Vogel
Sciarrone = Rolf Haunstein
Ein Schliesser = Valery Murga

Carlo Rizzi, conductor



Disappointment!!!!!

José Cura, Daniela Dessi and Ruggero Raimondi, they did all disappointment me. How:

New Tosca production in Zurich. I liked this production. Maybe it was the conductor's fault, the 3 ladies from Italy thought so. Yes, some of it. And then there was Cura, and his fans in the audience. I would like to say to Señor Cura that singing in an opera is different than singing in a concert. He sang the arias as were it a concert-piece and the conductor indulged him. Singing the last note looooong, waiting for the applause. His concerts of is with microphone, I think it have gone to the maestro's head. His pianissimo was not audible and I was not far from the stage and Zurich is not a BIG theatre in a physical sense. This MACHO Cavaradossi was an insult to Puccini, Daniela Dessi did not have an easy time with singing another kind of Tosca because of Jose's interpretation. Ruggero Raimondi lacked some parts of his large voice, he was not imposing enough something that it is very seldom that RR lacks.

Last act was a greater pleasure than the 2 previous acts.

(This piece make me feel as if I was writing it with a broken arm or something, but no that was another Tosca in Vienna with JC)

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