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Eva Marton's prime asset was her large, thrillingly powerful soprano voice, the kind that should be perfect for Puccini's most vocally demanding heroine. And, based on the evidence of this dramatically satisfying 1986 production from the Australian Opera, it was. Even though Marton is past her vocal peak, she still brings force and control to her portrayal of the actress turned murderer for the sake of her beloved artist-lover, Cavaradossi. John Shaw (as the police chief Scarpia) and Lamberto Furlan (as Cavaradossi) both turn in memorable performances but are relegated to near-oblivion by Marton's sheer presence. John Copley's staging stays within the confines of the libretto descriptions, preferring to illustrate rather than illuminate. But that's a small matter; between Marton's luminosity and the virtuosic playing of the Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra under the able baton of Alberto Erede, this is a Tosca to remember. --Kevin Filipski --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.