delight the senses

By lilsparrow
Written November 10, 2013
This was my first opera, ever. I never thought I would like opera, but I thought I could not say so without trying it. It was WONDERFUL! Skillful acting would have told me the story even if there had not been subtitles. Beautiful music, and with the panning of the audience I felt as though I were really at the Met. The time flew by, and now I want to see all of them. A classic tale, surprised no modern retelling of the story has been done. I experienced a panopoly of emotions. I loved the intermission features, backstage looks and interviews. I think the setting was a little bit spare, and it was a little bit dark, perhaps, but that fit the mood of the tragic story. I was sad to be the youngest person in there save my daughter who is 20. We need to get the word out-young people are missing out on something incredible! I know I was!
7 out of 10 found this helpful. Did you?

Tosca in HD

By fart4art
Written September 28, 2016
The Met Opera HD series is a wonderful way to complement a live opera experience. The sound quality in the movie theaters is poor, so you do need to see the opera live to appreciate the singing. What you get in the film is the close-up visual element, the acting, and the drama. Tosca is particularly appropriate for HD film as it is a very dramatic story with lots of wild and violent goings-on (intrigue, murder, attempted rape, suicide, assassination), and a strong, forceful heroine (unusual for opera). An extra treat with this film is the inclusion (during intermission) of a segment on James Levine rehearsing the Met opera singers for the upcoming "Falstaff."
7 out of 11 found this helpful. Did you?

TOSCA was perfection!

By Seniors for Opera
Written December 02, 2016
This was the best production of TOSCA I have ever seen for these reasons: the casting was phenomenal. Cavaradossi and Tosca were perfect together in relationship on stage as well as vocally superb; Scarpia was overwhelmingly excellent, both vocally and in character; the acting abnilities of the principals were far and above most of the acting seen in operas these days. This made the pathos and the tragedy of this more memorable and convincing. Combined with their vocal abilities, their acting chops, their physical presences, and the glorious Pucini music and the exceptionasl production values, this TOSCA tops my list of favorite MET opera productions. I cannot wait to tell my friends about it and purchase a DVD when it becomes available. BRAVO Mertropolitan Opera!!!
7 out of 12 found this helpful. Did you?


By amynrico
Written November 10, 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed this production of Tosca. Puccini is good any time, but the voices and acting of this production were outstanding! Would love to see this production again!
6 out of 9 found this helpful. Did you?


By pandcknopf
Written November 10, 2013
Loved this opera. The singing was wonderful. The only problem was the final act, the set of which was so dark it was difficult to see what was happening on stage. At one point, "Tosca" looked like a disembodied head because of her black gown blending in with the background. Otherwise, superb.
6 out of 8 found this helpful. Did you?