Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Apr. 1, 1995)
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Oren; Holleque, Pavarotti, Pons
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 54 min.
Luciano Pavarotti was especially acclaimed for his portrayal of Cavaradossi in Puccini’s magnificent opera. The superstar tenor’s plangent, beautiful voice perfectly fit the expressive music. Elizabeth Holleque plays Floria Tosca, the famous singer who is caught in the snare of her lover’s political enemy, Rome’s chief of police, Baron Scarpia (Juan Pons). This threesome delivers thrilling vocal and theatrical rewards.