Tosca: Vocal Score
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Tosca: Vocal Score

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Casa Ricordi is the original publisher for the unforgettable Italian operas that have made their mark on musical history and now hold a special place in the hearts of millions of music lovers. Now, for the first time, Ricordi makes their full orchestral scores available to us with covers featuring beautiful color reproductions of authentic Ricordi artwork from opera poster...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Ricordi (first published 1956)
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Tosca is my favourite opera. It is the perfect combination of lyricism and drama in music- though, like most Puccini, is easily dismissed. For me, it depends upon the person singing it, but there is no denying the utter genius bestowed in Tosca.
Jason Loeffler
Loved the 2000 production with Ricardo Muti conducting more so than others I found online. I think the translation there is a bit more emotive, a bit more closer to home than most others. The Dali-esque set designs and superb staging compliment the orchestra well, too. This is an opera not only with atmosphere, but one that easily translates into the modern-day. It's also of a more forgiving length (at least to the bladder) and it's sung-through, like Wagner. My favorite opera, to date.
Emma Iadanza
Mar 01, 2014 Emma Iadanza rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Opera enthusiasts, Italian students
Recommended to Emma by: My grandmother
Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa's libretto for the tragic opera is amazing - full of love, murder, and suspense! Exactly what you wouldn't expect from three hours at the opera :D It's great!
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An Italian composer, son of Michele Puccini and fifth in a line of composers from Lucca. After studying music with his uncle, Fortunato Magi, and with the director of the Insituto Musicale Pacini, Carlo Angeloni, he started his career at the age of fourteen as an organist of St. Martino and St. Michele, Lucca, and at other local churches. However, a performance of Verdi's "Aida" at Pisa in 1876 ma...more
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