More bumps for Metropolitan Opera's 'Tosca'
#1 Oct 12, 2009
This last Saturday was our first experience seeing The MET Live HD. We were so impressed with the singing, the acting and the sound quality that was very dramatically and intimately revealed in this performance of Tosca; to top it all off, we were impressed with the behind the scenes interviews with the artists who were presenting this unique live production. What an experience! Our limited opera attendance does not allow us to compare this production of Tosca with previous Met productions,so we did not react adversely to the changes noted in some reviews; however, my wife and I were offended at the-not-too-much-to-be-imagine d sexual depravity displayed in the scene with Scarpia and his harem. We think it unfortunate that the Met has chosen to show sexual seduction so realistically as to be offensive to us and I would imagine others (one of the women viewers in our theatre actually gasped at one point in that dark scene). This aspect of the Tosca experience was just a sensationalistic distraction that seemed quite unnecessary to this otherwise wonderful production.
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