Welsh National Opera – Tosca

Wed 17 Mar, Fri 19 Mar 2010 7:15pm

No-one is safe in the Rome of 1800. Under Baron Scarpia corruption and suspicion hang over the city, virtue and humanity are cruelly stamped out.

The world of opera singer Floria Tosca is about to be turned upside down. She is suspicious of her lover Mario’s fidelity. Little does she realize that he is at the centre of a struggle that will lead to tragedy. Soon she herself will become the object of Scarpia’s insatiable lust and she will be forced to ask what she has done to deserve this.
 
Once decried as a “shabby little shocker”, Tosca has become one of the best loved of all operas. The combination of its fast paced plot, high tension and the poignancy of the great arias “Vissi d’arte” and “E lucevan le stelle” ensure that Tosca never fails to enthral.
 
Michael Blakemore’s period set production of this pulsating thriller promises to set your emotions on a knife-edge.
 
Cast includes Elisabete Matos as Floria Tosca, Geraint Dodd as Cavaradossi, Robert Hayward as Scarpia.
Owing to the indisposition of Elisabete Matos, the role of Tosca was sung by Naomi Harvey on 17th March
I thought Robert Hayward was brilliant, pitiful, pathetic, then evil and repugnant, and beautiful singing. I have heard better sopranos but Naomi Harvey had an intense presence, and sang well. The orchestra were fairly good, great to have the music vibrating under one’s feet, and enjoyed the whole evening. The set was grand and fit the large Hippodrome stage well. (so not sure about Birmingham Post review?!)
Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:
…”Naomi Harvey and Geraint Dodd had excellent stage-presence as Tosca and Cavaradossi, despite occasionally bumpy and raspy singing, and Robert Hayward made a convincing Scarpia, if more psychotic and less chillingingly self-controlled than we normally see in this evil Chief of Police.” …
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