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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 9:59 am    Post subject: Tosca ROH 2019 Reply with quote

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..... Terfel, taking up residence at Covent Garden as Scarpia and immediately afterwards in the title role of Boris Godunov, is on searing form. Taking advantage of his great height, his bullying character has only to approach to induce fear, but his toying with a little ribbon can be as threatening.
......But Terfel's performance is not just about terrorising others: the advance of Napoleon casts its own shadow over his violent domination. He falters with the knowledge that his days too are numbered. This is vintage Terfel.


https://www.culturewhisper.com/r/opera/royal_opera_house_puccini_tosca/10388

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...... Bryn Terfel's evil bully may be a familiar type from novels and plays, but it still jars to hear "Ha più forte sapore" lay out so explicitly both his sense of entitlement and his addiction to barely consensual sadistic sex. Terfel sneers and swaggers, but the sense of being an outsider (both in Rome and amongst these clever talented artists) never leaves him. Puccini's music rumbles in response, an uneasy peace struck between the orchestra and the singer.

https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-TOSCA-Royal-Opera-House-20190528
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tosca, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, May 2019. The Royal Opera’s terrific production of Tosca retains its appeal in this revival of Jonathan Kent’s staging by Andrew Sinclair. The magnificent sets and subtle changes of lighting draw us in to the tragedy crafted by Puccini and his librettists from Sardou’s original play. There is a darkness here, and a power, both secular and spiritual, embodied by the Chief of Police, Baron Scarpia, and the opera singer Tosca.

Bryn Terfel’s Scarpia is insidious, controlled and a perfect expression of lust and naked power. Numerous small details in his stage actions emphasise supreme command, and a determination to use Tosca in locating escaped prisoner Angelotti, before breaking down her resistance to him in Act II. ...


https://www.thearticle.com/the-royal-opera-houses-terrific-new-production-of-tosca-hits-all-the-right-notes


Luckily, Bryn Terfel has the voice, the presence and the acting chops to make an impact. As sulphurous chords bellow from the orchestra, his menacing bulk appears centre stage in a marvellously melodramatic moment. His lust for Tosca is expressed through purring asides and lingering fingers down her arm – the sexual frisson is palpable and emphasises the lack of chemistry between Grigòlo and Opolais.


https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2019/tosca-bryn-terfel-review-at-royal-opera-house-london-2/

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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://seenandheard-international.com/2019/05/grigolo-opolais-and-terfel-feature-in-the-royal-operas-blood-and-thunder-revival-of-tosca/

It is always a pleasure to welcome Bryn Terfel back to Covent Garden and whilst the best Scarpias downplay the evil and retain an air of suave civility (even though we know it is only pretence) Terfel is all pent-up lustful rage and the most black-hearted of black-hearted villains. His voice is very menacing, yet he can scale it down for an almost whispered ‘Ebbene?’ (‘Well?’) that was full of sexual threat towards Tosca, particularly considering current #MeToo sensibilities

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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@WhichPennySmith chatting Bryn Terfel, Scala Radio.

https://planetradio.co.uk/scala-radio/presenters/penny-smith/
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://planetradio.co.uk/scala-radio/player/65087102/


Interview starts at 1:08:30.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just having fun with Sir Bryn before today’s matinee performance of Tosca.


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