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Your reaction: Tosca 2014

What did you think of Jonathan Kent's production of Puccini's classic thriller?

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

11 May 2014 at 10.34am | 13 Comments

What did you think of Tosca?

Tosca runs from 10 May–26 June 2014. Tickets are still available.
The production is generously sponsored by RLM Finsbury.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

11 May 2014 at 10.34am

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Jonathan Kent, Production, review, Social Media, Tosca, twitter, your reaction

This article has 13 comments

  1. Peter Clark responded on 11 May 2014 at 10:06pm Reply

    Great performance on stage, congrats to all. Roberto Alagna masters his character and singing, with a clear, brilliant and large voice, also conveying emotion thanks to a very natural acting and constant connection with his partners. Oksana Dyka seemed to relax compared to the general rehearsal. The musical direction, not enough hearing the singers.

  2. Dora Valentina responded on 14 May 2014 at 1:34am Reply

    The most beautiful opera! Magical!

  3. bear responded on 15 May 2014 at 11:35am Reply

    Did know one read the times review
    How did this woman get cast
    Ive never seen such a bad review for a leading singer at ROH

  4. Sally Gibbons responded on 16 May 2014 at 11:30pm Reply

    I hope that the person whose mobile phone went off literally as Alagna was launching into "E Lucevan le Stelle" on Friday 16th is suitably mortified, not to mention aware of the fact that the entire left hand section of the Stalls Circle would lynch them if they could be identified. Sound direction indicated that it might have been a standee. TURN OFF YOUR PHONES.

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 20 May 2014 at 4:25pm

      Sorry to hear that Sally - very disappointing.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  5. PerformanceMay 13th. Alagna in good voice, dramatic and passionate,and with humour,let down by dead acting by Dyka and Vratogna.Dyka seemed to be more interested in her dress train than avoiding seduction,and kept her distance from the villain,singing forward centre stage,not to her partner.Act 3 very satisfying and emotional.

  6. Jenny Brend responded on 24 May 2014 at 11:37pm Reply

    Just watching the Tosca DVD of this production and the lighting levels are much better on this than in the theatre. Still can't see much of Act 3 - could we have a bit more light please?

    • isobel lonsdale responded on 7 June 2014 at 8:35pm

      I agree - lighting far too dim - great sets if one could have seen them without straining the eyes! Alagna in good voice, passionate as ever but Dyka really lacked luster, she was wooden and detached - not at all Tosca despite her voice. Vratogna
      was frankly an unimpressive and disappointing Scarpia. Orchestra brilliant (as usual).

  7. Berliner Madel responded on 4 June 2014 at 1:46am Reply

    Oksana Dyko needs to get her act sorted. Great voice but wooden acting made her performance painful to watch. Stand and bark is so not 21st century opera. Get it sorted girl!

  8. oliver popham responded on 13 June 2014 at 4:33pm Reply

    Jude Popham as one of the altar boys was absolutely fantastic..a future star who excels in his craft!

  9. Enrique responded on 22 June 2014 at 5:13pm Reply

    The revolutionary tax - how else can we explain that Placido Domingo should be invited to conduct? The worst conducted Tosca at Covent Garden in the last 10 years had been that of Mikko Franck - no longer, the greatest tenor of the 20th century has won hands down. What a disaster...

    Shame, because the three singers did well - Gallo better than expected, Massi quite good (if one felt that he should focus on lighter roles) and fabulous Ravdanovsky.

  10. Karen responded on 26 June 2014 at 7:11pm Reply

    My first experience of Sondra Radvanovsky and what a revelation! She completely owned the role and dominated the opera - as any good Tosca should. Combined with Bryn Terfel's Scarpia,this was a fabulous night at the opera. Tenor Ricardo Massi was fine but not at the same level.

    Please tell me that Ms Radvanovsky will be back soon?

    • Ellen West (Head of Online Content) responded on 27 June 2014 at 11:12am

      Dear Karen

      I'm afraid that Sondra Radvanovsky is not with us during the 2014/15 Season.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

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