Tosca Recordings

Posted by Paul Dorgan in Online Learning, Productions, Tosca

TOSCA: SEEN AND HEARD After some 62 years the greatest performance ever recorded of Tosca remains the EMI studio recording from 1953, with Maria Callas in the title role; Giuseppe di Stefano, in glorious voice, as her lover Cavaradossi, and Tito Gobbi  as their implacable…

Tosca’s Historical Background

Posted by Paul Dorgan in Online Learning, Productions, Tosca

In Puccini’s opera Tosca, the first character we meet on-stage is an escaped prisoner. When the painter Mario Cavaradossi recognizes him shortly afterwards, he greets him thus: “Angelotti! The Consul of the defeated Roman Republic!” To quote Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a recent…

The Hogarth Etchings

Posted by Utah Opera in Online Learning, Productions, The Rake's Progress

The works of a seventeenth century visual artist are surprisingly of central importance to Igor Stravinsky twentieth century operatic masterpiece The Rake’s Progress. Painter, printmaker and cartoonist William Hogarth (1697-1764) was the leading artistic figure of British art in the mid-eighteenth century and a proponent…