“Va, Tosca!” November 18, 2007Posted by Jeff in Italian, Opera, Theater, Tito Gobbi.
Previously on the non-blog I’ve shown you the second-act finale to Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, with Maria Callas in the title role and the Baron Scarpia of George London. London was a brilliant singer — but he was not La Divina’s favorite Scarpia, nor mine.
Unless your French is a lot better than mine, zip past the first 1:39 of the above to the Act I finale as performed by Tito Gobbi, with the orchestra conducted by Charles Mackerras. The Baron sets his plan in motion to entrap the beautiful actress into his bed and dispatch his political enemies. Watch as the chorus interrupts with the Adiutorium nostrum, and Scarpia, horrified at his own blasphemy, kneels in prayer.
Opera’s most implacable villain, portrayed by one of its greatest singing actors.