This is an Opera, not a Movie. Opera Tosca was exciting, I was clinging to my seat. 2nd Act was
righteous. But 3rd act had a sad ending. The performers were good but 2nd rank, except Scarpia, who was great and evil as required.
The performance was excellent. This early Verdi Opera is a revelation of how he composed it.
Although the arias and ensembles are very good and dramatic, I cannot remember the tunes, as in later Verdi. Angela Mead is a promising young soprano, but not yet among the super-stars. She was a good actress, but her weight did not fit the part she played. The three suitors were all outstanding, specially Furlanetto and the Russian Hvorostrowski. Hvorostrowski used to be bland, but now he aquired great dramatic expertise and acting. All four principals were excellent actors.
The young conductor Dudamel is surprisingly well coordinated with the orchestra players. Most, if
not all, admire him, and even follow his physical movements! Brahms double concerto was very well played by the brother soloists.
Unfortunately there were only 4 (not 40) in the audience, and 3 after intermission. Too bad for the LA Philharmonic. They need to advertise better. I went to the 1st LA Philharmonic concert in a different movie theater in January, and it was well attended, more than half full.
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