A Night at the Opera

15 Jan

I saw Tosca at the Met last night.  Let me clarify:  I saw Tosca from 4th row center seats at the Met last night.  It was that controversial Luc Bondy staging that apparently tore the opera community to pieces last year.  I’m guessing it is only controversial to the most traditional of opera enthusiasts.  I don’t understand why people would be outraged that the sets were pared down and the situations more modern.

Munich also staged this version and here’s a trailer from their production.  Tosca is sometimes dismissed as being too melodramatic and boy does this clip embrace that.   A telenovela for the upper crust!

This doesn’t do it justice.  See it if you’re able; it’s wonderful.  And here’s Tosca’s greatest hit for your downloading pleasure.  It really is one of the most beautiful arias ever.

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4 Responses to “A Night at the Opera”

  1. the anonymous gentleman January 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    that’s all well and fine, Margaux, but let’s see the dress…

  2. Erwin Michael Green January 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Tosca was the second opera I’ve seen so far in my entire life. I saw it last winter at the Met (Don Giovanni at the NYC Opera last Spring was my first). Melodramatic suits Tosca just fine, I thought it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. And I sat First Row/Dress Circle.

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