Leontyne Price, Wiener Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan - Puccini: Tosca
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 112:44 min | 2.44 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Decca | Tracks: 29 | Rls.date: 1963/2017
The dramas of Victorien Sardou, in the last decades of the nineteenth century, were as popular in Italy as they were in France. French companies, therefore, could tour the Italian theatres and attract large audiences willing to ignore any language barrier. Giacomo Puccini knew hardly any French when he went to see Sardou’s La Tosca in Milan in 1890, and yet he apparently enjoyed himself. Actually, he may have gone to the theatre — like a majority of the Milanese public — not so much to see the play as to admire its star, the forty-five-year-old Sarah Bernhardt, to whom La Tosca is dedicated and for whom it was written.