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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:50 am    Post subject: ROH: Tosca Reply with quote

The hotest tickets in town! Queuing for day seats started the night before.



http://intermezzo.typepad.com/intermezzo/2011/07/tosca-royal-opera-house-gheorghiu-kaufmann-terfel.html
Bryn Terfel was if anything even better. .... Every note, every word, every gesture is pared to perfection, creating a Scarpia of terrifying stillness and power, like an animal waiting to pounce.

http://markronan.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/tosca-with-gheorghiu-kaufmann-and-terfel-royal-opera-covent-garden-july-2011/
Bryn Terfel’s portrayal of Scarpia showed him to be a thoroughly nasty piece of work, and at the start of Act II we see a man determined to pursue his prey, even though he serves a regime that’s about to fall to Napoleon’s forces. His soliloquies were beautifully delivered, yet when Spoletta — strongly sung by Hubert Francis — enters, Scarpia’s aggressive nature reasserts itself as he knocks the fellow over.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Edward Seckerson, chief classical music and opera critic for The Independent newspaper:

It is a nice touch of irony in Jonathan Kent’s staging that Bryn Terfel’s Scarpia offers his own slow handclap of approval after the audience have roared theirs. Gheorghiu doesn’t need to “act” revulsion at Terfel’s sweaty advances. His commanding presence oozes lust and he dispenses it through myriad vocal sneers and chill whispers.

http://www.edwardseckerson.biz/?p=671




Barry Millington, London Evening Standard:
Terfel's entrance as the malevolent police chief Scarpia, at the top of a gilded staircase, was electrifying and he held the stage with his potent body language and vocal intelligence.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/music/review-23970279-tosca-royal-opera-house---review.do
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, Bjorg,

Thank you so much! Laughing Just wish I had been one of those lucky enough to be in the audience to experience Bryn's fantastic Scarpia. Still, I will be able to buy the DVD when it is released - but there is nothing like the atmosphere and expectation of a live performance!!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:01 pm    Post subject: ROH "Tosca" Reply with quote

Hi,

Such great pictures of the ROH "Tosca" ... Thanks so much, Bjorg!

Does anyone know when the DVD will be available?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Curtain call last night:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAl7-oM5wpY

Quoting BlueBaby67 tweets:
"Summary of Tosca curtain call last night; La Georghiu milked the applause like a cow,Kaufmann carried her train like a bridesmaid.
Pappano nearly trod on her bouquet & Bryn looked like he wanted to run away!"
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Guardian
Even if his first appearance makes him look like one of the baddies from Pirates of the Caribbean, Terfel's Scarpia was the pick – a scary mix of casual cruelty and insidious charm, investing every word with menace.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/jul/15/tosca-review
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few nice pictures of Bryn and Tosca from this Japanese blogger.
(click on the pictures for a better view)

http://dognorah.exblog.jp/16604629/
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More pictures of Thursday's curtain call.

http://angelagheorghiu.blogspot.com/2011/07/tosca-at-roh-in-photos.html
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A link for a review, with pictures, of last night's Tosca.

There might be more beautifully-sung Scarpias than Bryn Terfel's, but could anyone else come close to being so convincing? He dripped malevolence from every sweaty pore. One of this otherwise dreary production's better touches is his sneaky pocketing of Tosca's fallen hair ribbon, which he later takes out and pervily sniffs. He gives Gheorghiu every reason to recoil at his very presence - a masterful portrayal.

http://intermezzo.typepad.com/intermezzo/2011/07/victoria.html#tp




More reviews of the ROH Tosca has been posted in the website's news section.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:12 pm    Post subject: ROH: Tosca Reply with quote

I would so like to have been there. I do hope that the cinema showings are somewhere near me, they often aren't. The large screen will be such a treat.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:45 pm    Post subject: ROH Tosca Reply with quote

A bit late in the day but another review of Tosca:

"It isn't often an audience bursts into cheers at the end of a first act of an opera. But then not every first act ends with Bryn Terfel singing and acting a role he was born to perform. The role is the evil chief police Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca, a character that allows the great singer to display those two sides of his artistry that have made him opera's hot ticket: a vocal magnificence that truly sends shivers down your spine and a passion for performance.
Scarpia can be a wildly melodramatic pantomime baddie whom audiences enjoy hissing and booing more than cheering at the curtain calls. Not here.The character development is as subtle and considered as the singing.
When Scarpia lays a trap for Floria Tosca, pretending that her lover Cavaradossi is unfaithful, and then as he forces her into choosing between giving in to his sexual advances or allowing her lover to hang, Terfel brings a fresh element to the role.
He plays the role almost like an evil scientist or nasty child. He watches with a macabre fascination, his head lowered to one side, as his victim - or experiment - emotionally and physically contorts in agony.Those cheers at the end of the first act became a foot-stomping explosion at the end of the performance when Terfel took his curtain call".

"Treat yourself to a night at the cinema in November as this performance was filmed for screening".

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/showbiz/2011/07/16/review-bryn-terfel-in-tosca-at-royal-opera-house-91466-29062367/
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:37 pm    Post subject: Tosca Reply with quote

Thanks, Jools, for that review of Tosca. I look forward very much to seeing it at the cinema!!

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