Good production and the evil man was wonderfully acted. But the story is a bit, oh, so predictable.
A superb version which had us enthralled. Wholly believable. Eva marton wonderful, as are the rest of the cast.
Set in Rome in 1800, Giacomo Puccini’s adaptation of a tale of tragic love, jealousy, lust, torture, betrayal, murder and suicide—is just about everything you might expect from grand Italian opera. The embodiment of evil, Baron Scarpia (John Shaw), chief of police is contrasted with the beautiful singer Floria Tosca (Eva Marton) the lover of painter Mario Cavaradossi (Lamberto Furlan). Eva Marton’s passionate acting and powerful soprano voice excels, amply satisfying Puccini’s challenging demands. I especially thrilled to her warm Act II prayer Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore (“I lived on art, I lived on love”). The sets are stunning as well as the early 19th century costumes and, overall, the performance excellent and exciting.
The usual high quality Opera Australia production and presentation qualities here. The orchestra works well, the sets and costumes are excellent and the singing is very good. Thoroughly enjoyable.