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Watch: The Te Deum from Tosca performed by Gerald Finley

Enjoy a menacing moment from one of opera's most memorable baddies, ahead of Tosca in cinemas on 7 February.

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

2 February 2018 at 3.09pm | 10 Comments

In opera, the baddies get some of the best tunes. From Don Giovanni to the Duke of Mantua, the list of antagonists given the opportunity to bring the house down with applause is endless.

One of the art form's most memorable villains is Baron Scarpia from Tosca, a scheming and sadistic chief of police concerned only with power and personal gain.

With the opera live in cinemas around the world on 7 February, we asked baritone Gerald Finley to give us a rendition of Scarpia's signature tune – the Te Deum – via Facebook Live. The clip is now available to watch in full on-demand:

Tosca will be broadcast in cinemas across the world on Wednesday 7 February. Find a cinema near you.

The performance is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Aud Jebsen, Rena and Sandro Lavery, The Mikheev Charitable Trust and Mr and Mrs Christopher W.T. Johnston.

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

2 February 2018 at 3.09pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Jonathan Kent, Facebook live, Gerald Finley, Production, Tosca

This article has 10 comments

  1. Heather Willson responded on 4 February 2018 at 8:16am Reply

    I thought Gerald Finley was too nice to play the evil Scarpia but this performance is great- the actual quality of singing, and he manages to act out the evil character through his facial expressions and delivery.

  2. William Hughes responded on 5 February 2018 at 5:52pm Reply

    The voice is good: a little more bite and snarl would not go amiss. Too much like a traffic policeman.
    This Scarpia does not come across as someone who is looking forward to his conquest! He needs to be more familiar with Eros.

  3. Fantastiskt
    as we say in Sweden!

    We will enjoy more of Tosca in the cinema here on Monday.

  4. Alice responded on 6 February 2018 at 9:14pm Reply

    Get yourself invited by Marr, please, BBC1
    sunday morning!

  5. Frank Holloran responded on 7 February 2018 at 8:32pm Reply

    I would not wish to meeet this Scarpia on a well lit alley never mind a dark one!

  6. David Bird responded on 8 February 2018 at 7:20am Reply

    What a performance! Scarpia, so intensely captivating. A real bully meeting a timely end at the end of a knife. Bravo Tosca!
    Gerald Finlays eyes were made for the part, scary!

  7. David Alcock responded on 8 February 2018 at 8:26pm Reply

    I have just seen Tosca at my local cinema as a live showing. Gerald Finley was thoroughly convincing and showed himself as a true actor with a voice to match.
    The camera in the cinema version gets in close which shows up those performers who are just singers and those who can act as well as sing, Gerald is one of the latter. Bravo!

  8. Janet jenkins responded on 11 February 2018 at 5:14pm Reply

    I watched this performance of tosca at my local cinema! All the cast were outstanding, and Gerald Finley sang it so well I had tears

  9. Wendy Flanagan responded on 24 February 2018 at 1:02am Reply

    One of the best “Te deum” Scarpia I have seen. Wendy, Weymouth.

  10. Vanessa responded on 10 March 2018 at 9:10pm Reply

    A week ago, I saw Gerald Finley sing Scarpia at my local cinema and can still feel just as acutely now as then the shivers of fear that coursed through me. Never has there been a better emdodiment of sadistic evil than Gerald Finley's Scarpia. Electric!

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