Jealousy, torture, murder and suicide: the path of true love certainly produces a bumpy ride in Puccini's Tosca. It's a work that can make for a compelling night at the theatre. But when, as here, you get a cast, conductor and orchestra all at the top of their game, it is positively overwhelming. In what was the undoubted hot ticket of the season in July this year, three of the great operatic performers of our time are united for one of only two performances: Angela Gheorghiu sings the title role, Jonas Kaufmann is her lover Cavaradossi, and Bryn Terfel is that menacing embodiment of sadistic evil, Baron Scarpia. Antonio Pappano conducts. Not to be missed.
Presented by Suzy Klein in conversation with William Ward who puts Tosca's Rome setting in context.
Tosca ..... Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Cavaradossi ..... Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Scarpia ..... Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Spoletta ..... Hubert Francis (Tenor)
Angelotti ..... Lukas Jakobski (Bass)
Sacristan ..... Jeremy White (Bass)
Sciarrone ..... Zheng Zhou (Baritone)
Shepherd Boy......William Payne (treble)
Conductor ..... Antonio Pappano
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.