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Not a Saint, but an Opera diva

she holds the knife in the amount, the blood dripping. For a brief Moment, nothing happens – a shock. Then the victim falls to the ground, unable to believe his abrupt end. The singer Floria Tosca has freed itself just. With a dining table, hastily picked up the knife, she fought back against her tormentor, Scarpia, who had tried to rape her. Now he lies dead in front of Tosca. And after sent to him the famous line to the Afterlife: "E avanti a lui tremava tutta Roma!" and before him, Rome was shaking all over.

It is exactly this scene from Giacomo Puccini's Opera "Tosca" the evening of 7. December is crowned in Milan. Traditionally, the new season of La Scala, Milan, on the feast day of the patron Saint Ambrose opened on this day. Every year the police shut down widely the square in front of the Opera house. People protest against the Establishment and let the smoke of bombs rise.

"Shh!", the Opera fans. The there are also.

just As matter-of-factly of the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella will appear in the Royal box of the theatre. The audience rises again this Time with a jolt of the red velvet armchairs, a covers the white-haired man in a long round of applause. The orchestra of the national anthem, the quiet of the room with a humming – really good, the Text does not seem to sit. No wonder, many of them High-Society tourists come from Germany, France, Japan, Russia. But the rituals of the "Prima della Scala", the opening, is still unwavering.

mind you: The applause at the beginning of the conductor, but the politicians don't get, as usual. To the Applaud of the spectators must face away from the stage. If it is, then the orchestra, conductor Riccardo Chailly attaches to the first bar, have gathered the guests straight from the worldly applause.

You might think, the illustrious society is not travelled around to hear the Crème de la Crème of the Opera, or in the really juicy and vivid sound of the Scala orchestra to immerse, but to the diamonds and to the photographers at the entrance to scan. It is a social big event in Italy, important names from the world of politics, art and business come together.

Pereira's last Time

Among them, of course: the Manager of the Scala, the Austrian cultural Manager Alexander Pereira. It is his last opening of the season, next year he leaves prematurely after five years, the Post of artistic Director, after last time, he stumbled over a financial deal with Saudi Arabia, and as Director of the festival Maggio Musicale Fiorentino to Florence. The rehearsed rituals, the pomp of Scala, you are in for the 72-Year-old history: "I leave a piece of heart in Milan, but Milan has given me a piece of my heart", quoted by the Italian newspaper "Corriere della Sera".

The Chatter in the designated two breaks, don't want to stop. Even as the lights went out in the hall after the first intermission and the second act begins, is bustling with a number of guests in the aisles and waving to each other. Here, Chailly has swung already with his baton, the music forwards slowly in the scene. "Shh!", the Opera fans. The there are also. A shakes his head and says: "Disastro!"

all in All, it is the best advice, if you take the Pathos grateful.

Such as the impatient Lord to come at the Prima, but also on your costs. One of the most famous sopranos of the present day, Anna Netrebko, sings Tosca's game and spans with your voice in the hall, Oh, what, because so much Power is, you are rich in your best is equal to a second room. It is also Netrebkos knife scene, which allows for absolute peace and quiet. The desperate, and the horrors in front of the own courage in Netrebkos eyes and the tips of the tones from your body, once again, like stitches – this mixture leaves no one indifferent.

plays her stage partner, the Tenor Francesco Meli, the Tosca's lover, Mario Cavaradossi, can arrive only if he uses the solo moments. Especially the pitiful Sigh after the long-lost Lover in the third act, in the Aria "E lucevan le stelle", is good for him. The gurgling baritone Luca Salsi occurs as a victory of some Baron Scarpia, a role to play which is sure very much Fun, you may be usually so much creep and a villain as possible.

You will be immersed in Velvet

Director Davide Livermore has nothing to object. Anyway, his production relies more on the Expected, the set is opulent and historical, the columns powerful, the robes, floor-length. Conductor Chailly flatters Puccini's anyway of narrative composition with perfect strings. Also in the orchestra pit, the keyword opulence is. Certainly, the chimes could be a bit more economical. But all in all it's best here, if you take the Pathos grateful and so in the Office sink.

it is Hardly the tormentor dead, rushes to Tosca to your Beloved. Netrebko signed a very good Tosca, wrapped in the Marian colors of Blue and Red, which is so naive, that the word of the villain is also familiar, when it is no longer bound by it.

Why are you Cavaradossi to go to his apparent killing? Of course, he dies. And you? What is usually the jump from the Castel Sant'angelo, is here to godhood, it is Livermores the only determined direction of incidence. Forever Tosca lights, fixed like a star in the sky. And the audience is thrilled – here to worship no Saint, but an Opera diva.

Created: 08.12.2019, 15:56 PM

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