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5.0 out of 5 stars My first exposure... and still my favorite ever
I'd never experienced opera before seeing this treatment of Tosca, more years ago than I like to think, on PBS. I was captivated. Tosca remains my favorite opera ever -- and this version of it is still my favorite, even after the many I've seen subsequently. Yes, the scenery is terrific, Domingo and Kabaivanska are polished and effective... but for me, the most exciting...
Published on Oct. 3 2000 by Leigh Ann Hussey

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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much drama
Tosca is a well known story but i have to say not that interresting.
Guy gets tortured, girl almost gets rapped, girl kills the bad guy, good guy gets killed, girl kills herself...
The only great part, in my oppinion, is the song: vissi d'arte. The moment where Tosca is struggleling with a spriritual and ethical dilema. Great performance from the singer and...
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first exposure... and still my favorite ever, Oct. 3 2000
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Leigh Ann Hussey "motogrrl" (SF Bay Area, CA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tosca [Import] (VHS Tape)
I'd never experienced opera before seeing this treatment of Tosca, more years ago than I like to think, on PBS. I was captivated. Tosca remains my favorite opera ever -- and this version of it is still my favorite, even after the many I've seen subsequently. Yes, the scenery is terrific, Domingo and Kabaivanska are polished and effective... but for me, the most exciting performance was delivered by Milnes. Unlike every Scarpia I've seen subsequently (all of whom played the police chief as an aging roué who's been-there-done-that and come out the worse for wear), Milnes plays him as a man in his prime, with animal appetites and amorality -- a Scarpia who /does/ have attraction and power, and Tosca must fight with herself and her love for Cavaradossi to resist him. She wants him, though she knows she shouldn't, that he'll use her up and throw her away like his empty wineglass. That's an interpretation I've never seen anywhere else. I'd only be happier if it were a DVD...
Wrote this review in October of 2000, and as of 2 Apr 2002: Oo! Hooray, lookit that! It /is/ a DVD! I am /so/ all over that action. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kabaivanska is the greatest Tosca of all time., Aug. 7 1999
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This review is from: Tosca [Import] (VHS Tape)
Raina Kabaivanska is surely a composer's dream. She not only sings Tosca; for a couple of hours, she IS Tosca. Her voice is glorious and she is an actress of the first magnitude. Add to those enviable qualities, she is beautiful to look at and moves with extraordinary grace. She and Placido Domingo (Mario) are superb together. Raina Kabaivanska is stellar. Any opera lover must have this video. One never tires of its beauty. For the scholar, this is the definitive verisma in all its purity. No other Tosca rises to such heights of excellence! G.K. Brown, DMA Prof. of Music (Ret.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kabaivanska is good, but not the greatest Tosca of all time, Sept. 14 1999
This review is from: Tosca [Import] (VHS Tape)
This is a beautiful, spectacular film which uses the real locations in Rome where the opera takes place. Domingo and Milnes give wonderful performances. As for Kabaivanska, I thought she was very good, but certainly not the greatest Tosca of all time. To the reviewers who said Kabaivanska was the greatest of all time: have you seen Maria Callas? For me, Callas is the greatest ever. But Kabaivanska is a good actress and gives a moving performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Tosca, Aug. 20 1999
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This review is from: Tosca [Import] (VHS Tape)
Raina Kabaivanska's interpretation of Tosca as preserved in this thrilling video cannot be over praised. It's her own interpretation too. Completely original, there is a rare quality about this great singing actress that makes me wonder why she was so under used by recording companies. Raina Kabaivanska offers a definitive interpretation of Tosca. This is a must for any opera collector.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tosca, Aug. 3 2013
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This review is from: Giacomo Puccini:Tosca (DVD)
Beautiful setting - historically accurate. Marvellous singers and gorgeous costumes and sets!

A young powerful Domingo in signature role for him. Spectacular!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much drama, July 5 2009
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This review is from: Giacomo Puccini:Tosca (DVD)
Tosca is a well known story but i have to say not that interresting.
Guy gets tortured, girl almost gets rapped, girl kills the bad guy, good guy gets killed, girl kills herself...
The only great part, in my oppinion, is the song: vissi d'arte. The moment where Tosca is struggleling with a spriritual and ethical dilema. Great performance from the singer and really interresting dilema.
But you can always listen to the version of Callas on youtube and its as good if not better!
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