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Opera - Tosca

Puccini: Tosca, Jane Eaglen Sings

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2001

Originally recorded in 2000


Philharmonia Orchestra

David Parry

Gregory Yurisich

baritone - Baron Scarpia

Ashley Holland

baritone - Jailor

Andrew Shore

baritone - Sacristan

Christopher Booth-Jones

baritone - Sciarrone

Jane Eaglen

soprano - Floria Tosca

Dennis O'Neill

tenor - Mario Cavaradossi

John Daszak

tenor - Spoletta

Peter Kay Children's Choir

Geoffrey Mitchell Choir


Blackheath Halls, London


Brian Couzens


Ralph Couzens

Richard Smoker


Record Label
Opera In English


Vocal & Song

Opera in English

Total Time - 73:00
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Opera - Tosca



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Tosca Highlights

  An opera in three acts  
  Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after the play La Tosca by Victorien Sardou  
  English version by Edmund Tracey  
  from Act I  
1 'Mario! Mario! Mario!' 3:04
  Tosca, Cavaradossi  
2 'Our little house in the country' 4:27
  Tosca, Cavaradossi  
3 'What eyes in all the wide world' 5:42
  Cavaradossi, Tosca  
  * * *  
4 '(Ah, that explains it)' 7:45
  Scarpia, Tosca, Sacristan  
  from Act II  
5 'It seemed wise to arrest him . . .' 4:22
  Spoletta, Scarpia, Choir, Cavaradossi, Tosca  
6 'Now you and I can talk' 5:14
  Scarpia, Tosca, Sciarrone, Cavaradossi  
7 'Enough. Tosca, your answer' 3:48
  Scarpia, Tosca, Cavaradossi, Spoletta, Sciarrone  
8 'Floria!' 4:27
  Cavaradossil, Tosca, Scarpia, Sciarrone  
9 'How much?' 4:40
  Tosca, Scarpia  
10 'Life has taught me singing and loving' 7:15
  Tosca, Scarpia, Spoletta  
11 'Which route have you chosen?' 6:52
  Scarpia, Tosca  
  from Act III  
12 'Ah! Safe-conduct for Floria Tosca . . .' 2:49
  Cavaradossi, Tosca  
13 'Oh, hands of mercy' 8:34
  Cavaradossi, Tosca, Jailor  
14 'What a time they are taking!' 4:01
  Tosca, Spoletta, Sciarrone, Soldiers  
Highlights from Jane Eaglen’s exceptional performance as Tosca in the opera’s premiere recording in English are presented here.

Jane Eaglen is a highly respected soloist internationally and performs this role with electrifying feeling and great expertise.

As with all discs in the Opera in English series, this release is available at mid-price.

This disc continues the ground-breaking series of Opera in English, made in association with the Peter Moores Foundation. The collection, now forming the world’s most comprehensive series of operatic recordings in English ever undertaken by a record company, is a major addition to the record catalogue.

Puccini’s interest in Tosca began in 1889 when he saw Victorien Sardou’s vintage 1887 melodrama and realised its potential as an opera. It was not until 1898 that he began composing the opera, which received its premiere in Rome in January 1900. It has proved to be one of the hardiest of Puccini’s works and one that every dramatic soprano wants to perform.

Three arias, two for tenor and one for soprano, are the most familiar parts of the score and are among the most recorded pieces of music in the world. They share certain qualities, namely Puccini’s lush lyricism and expansive expressiveness. They are relatively short, none of them lasting more than three minutes, as they are designed not to interrupt the momentum. Besides these solos, the soprano and the tenor participate in two effective love duets, one in the first act, the other in the last. The character of the sadistic Baron Scarpia, baritone, has his solo moments as well, but owing to his evil nature these are rarely encountered outside the context of the opera.

In a plot filled with intense and clearly motivated action there is scant time for lyric expansiveness. One of Puccini’s most treasurable gifts as a composer of opera is his ‘theatrical clock’: he understood the optimum duration for every kind of episode. Unlike Sardou’s melodrama, which one would not expect to encounter on the spoken stage, Puccini’s opera – which converts Sardou’s characters into memorably expressive ones, fully human in their strengths and weaknesses – is a fixture in the operatic repertory.

‘This is an issue to delight… I look forward to more in the series.’
The Guardian

‘…this issue should convince doubters of the merits of such a series.’
Opera Now

‘…one of the most formidable, vocally satisfying portrayals of the role of Tosca in years. The thrilling security with which she [Jane Eaglen] attacks one top note after another is a delight…’
The Guardian

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