After short notice to cover the lead

After seeing Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French play, La Tosca, when it was touring Italy, renowned composer, Giacomo Puccini, decided he had to turn this work into an opera. After some time, he finally got the rights in 1895. It took Puccini four years, but he managed to turn this dramatic French play into a grand opera.  It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on January 14, 1900. Filled with a gorgeous orchestral sound, as well as powerful lyrical music, Puccini’s Tosca is a beautiful, luxurious opera, especially when performed at the Metropolitan Opera House.Due to some complications, the cast of Tosca which was shown at the Met HD was not the original cast chosen to perform this vocally demanding opera. Instead, Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo, and Zeljko Lucic jumped in on short notice to cover the lead roles of Tosca, Cavaradossi, and Scarpia. Although they weren’t the original cast chosen, I believe that they still pulled off a great show with few mishaps. Yoncheva’s voice wasn’t the most beautiful voice, but she was definitely well qualified and effortless to sing the powerful role of Tosca. Her acting was not as over-the-top as I had imagined it would be, but she remained in character completely. Grigolo, on the other hand, truly did have a beautiful voice and perfect emotion, but it seemed very difficult for him to sing this role; I could tell he was struggling. Lucic, however, truly impressed me. Both his vocal quality and emotion stood out beautifully. Both the Angelotti and the Sacristan, performed by Christian Zaremba and Patrick Carfizzi, were both perfect for their roles. Their voices were beautiful and their acting was equally as good. The chorus for the Met’s performance was fantastic, as always. The conductor, who was a fill in for James Levine due to his suspension from the company, was just as qualified, and managed his orchestra and the flow of the opera very well.