[Met Performance] CID:35080
Tosca {27} Metropolitan Opera House: 02/22/1905.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
February 22, 1905


TOSCA {27}

Tosca...................Emma Eames
Cavaradossi.............Enrico Caruso
Scarpia.................Antonio Scotti
Sacristan...............Arcangelo Rossi
Spoletta................Jacques Bars
Angelotti...............Eugène Dufriche
Sciarrone...............Bernard Bégué
Shepherd................Josephine Jacoby
Jailer..................Victor Baillard

Conductor...............Arturo Vigna

Unsigned review in The New York Times

In the evening "Tosca" was sung, also to a large audience, with Mme. Eames, Mr. Caruso, and Mr. Scotti in the principal parts. They were all in excellent voice and appeared at their best. Mme. Eames's representation of the heroine is beyond anything else she has ever done in dramatic power and intensity, both in singing and in acting. So much cannot be said of Mr. Caruso's Cavaradossi. He does some beautiful singing in the first act. which does not get the recognition given to his impassioned and usually twice-repeated solo in the last act; but there is a deplorable lack of characterization in his acting of the scene with Tosca in the church. The solo in the last act was vociferously applauded and a certain portion of the audience was bent on requiring its repetition, although Mr. Caruso declined to repeat it. The uproar of handclapping and cries of "bis" mingled with hisses interfered with the progress of the opera for some moments after Mme. Eames had reappeared upon the stage and had begun with the duet that follows.

Mr. Scotti as Scarpia gives one of his most characteristic impersonations. Mr. Vigna conducted with great dramatic forcefulness and produced a bigger climax in the grand processional scene at the close of the first act than he has succeeded in producing before. The whole representation had uncommon life and energy.



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