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Your Reaction: Tosca 2016

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

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

11 January 2016 at 11.30am | 15 Comments

Press reviews:
Londonist ★★★★★
Guardian ★★★★
Express ★★★★
The Upcoming ★★★★
Music OMH ★★★½
Times (£) ★★★
The Stage ★★★
Arts Desk ★★★
What's On Stage ★★
Bachtrack ★★
A Younger Theatre (No star rating. Positive)
Camden Review (No star rating. Positive)
Seen and Heard (No star rating. Positive)

What did you think of Tosca? Let us know via the comments below.

Tosca runs until 5 February 2016. Tickets are still available.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

11 January 2016 at 11.30am

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

This article has 15 comments

  1. Marta responded on 11 January 2016 at 11:13pm Reply

    Intense and dramatic, Georghiu is inside the role!!!

  2. David responded on 12 January 2016 at 10:33am Reply

    Was there 11/01/2016 Echalaz, Mavlyanov & Frontali were all wonderful, great powerful Performances

  3. Petroc Martinus responded on 12 January 2016 at 3:53pm Reply

    Angela continues to shine as the brightest star in the firmament!

  4. Ann responded on 12 January 2016 at 7:42pm Reply

    I saw this production in 2011 with Gheorghiu, Kaufmann and Terfel (there were people queuing on the pavement overnight for day tickets) and it blew me away. I saw it on Saturday and it was just as stunning as before and I think it's the best production of Tosca in the modern era.

  5. Marilina Gary responded on 12 January 2016 at 9:52pm Reply

    Angela Gheorghiu IS Tosca. I can't see anybody else in the role.
    Her enormously dazzling stage presence and the unrivaled beauty of her voice make Gheorghiu's Tosca simply unique.

  6. Anamaria responded on 13 January 2016 at 12:19am Reply

    Truly memorable, powerful performance. Angela's voice is absolutely stunning as always. We love you ;) @angelagheorgiu

  7. Cade responded on 13 January 2016 at 11:01am Reply

    This is not an intelligent production and while it uses theatrical effect with moments of visual impact it is hollow and uninformed. The dramatic conflict of Act II between Tosca and Scarpia needs special dramatic talent to pull off in the layout of the set. With the flat and gesturally inept posturing of Sanuel Youn as Scarpia it failed to be convincing or electric. 'Before him all Rome trenbled' is given credence only though Puccini's orchestration. Massi's rough 'Recondita arnonia...' received no applause whatsoever which seemed to make him up his game as he became quite convincing after it. The conductor ignored the acoustics of the ROH auditorium, completely drowning out the singing frequently throughout Acts I and II and the appalling imbalance continuously undermined the impact and delivery of the sung parts. It was very regrettable that Gheorghiu's only appearance this season is in this accoustically incompetent and unsympathetic musical environment.

    • Roger Mullis responded on 13 January 2016 at 3:22pm

      It's a cliché to say this, I know, but Cade's review really makes me think that we were at different performances. I have not seen Youn before, but he immediately struck me as a compelling, indeed electrifying actor (more convincing to me than Massi, who did not impress me as a natural actor, though his singing was fine). As to 'completely drowning out the singing frequently throughout Acts I and II,' and 'the appalling imbalance,' I can only think that Cade was unfortunate enough to have been in a 'dead' part of the auditorium, of which I am aware of one or two. In my view, Villaume's conducting was both idiomatic and sympathetic to the singers, and the orchestra was on thrillingly good form. You can't please everyone all the time, I suppose.

  8. Nick responded on 14 January 2016 at 11:08am Reply

    Probably worth noting that those press reviews weren't consistent in the casts that were being reviewed though perhaps it's unfair to have a comparison of the cast reviews alongside each other. Looking forward to my visit tomorrow

  9. Patricia Baker responded on 14 January 2016 at 12:08pm Reply

    Trivial comment, I know; but why in this production does Angela Gheorghui get to wear the white satin dress and any other Tosca seems to be condemned to wear the grey dish rag. Is this another diva-ish requirement in Miss G's contract?!

    • Chris responded on 19 January 2016 at 11:43am

      This production was made for Ms Gheorghiu in 2006, so there is nothing wrong that only Gheorghiu wears white and any other soprano who starring in this production can but wear grey

  10. Tom responded on 18 January 2016 at 3:25pm Reply

    We saw the matinée on Friday. I had seen the production before and enjoyed it as much as on prevous occasions. I was pleased with all the casting except for Scarpia who i felt was very unconvincing.

  11. Angela Kennedy responded on 19 January 2016 at 12:23am Reply

    Angela Gheorghiu IS Tosca, a superstar in every sense - how she moves on stage and how she sings THAT famous aria ! From Sarah Bernhardt to Angela G Tosca is the most exciting diva in opera . Long may this production last . I want my Tosca to have dark drama and candlelit shadows and feel that Italian drama . Thank you ROH

  12. Julie responded on 26 January 2016 at 8:39am Reply

    I saw Tosca yesterday and I must say Angela Gheorghiu is absolutely spellbinding, she owned everyone last night with her remarkable, divine voice and commanding presence in this Puccini's masterpiece. I will be thinking about this performance a long time from now..She is fantastic and I would love to see her more at the ROH! Maybe in Norma?! In my opinion she is the only soprano of our time that can really do justice to this demanding role!..and a revival of Bellini's opera is needed at the ROH!

    Thank you very much ROH!

  13. Sharon West responded on 31 January 2016 at 9:05am Reply

    Sitting in the Ampitheatre the stage appeared too dark to follow the action properly.Apart from Tosca herself the staging and performance was the least exciting we have experienced of this opera.

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