This weekend, the Metropolitan Opera’s famed Live in HD series returns with Puccini’s “Tosca.”
The production by David McVicar stars Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo, and Zeljko Lucic, with Emmanuel Villaume conducting.
The production premiered on New Year’s Eve 2017 and has divided critics left and right. Of this cast, OperaWire’s David Salazar wrote, “Yoncheva, Grigolo, Villaume Not Ready for Primetime,” for its title and noted that “In all frankness, given the way the production is set up, McVicar didn’t really leave behind an indelible touch the way he does in his “Trovatore” or “Giulio Cesare.”
However, Logan Martell wrote a rather different review for OperaWire, citing, “David McVicar’s ambitious production of “Tosca” managed to enamor the audience of the Jan. 12 performance.” He also noted that Grigolo “was both suave and spirited.”
The Live in HD broadcast kicks off at 12:55 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.
This series of Live in HD performances will be followed by “L’Elisir d’Amore” on Feb. 10, “La Bohème” on Feb. 24, “Semiramide” on March 10, “Così fan tutte” on March 31, “Luisa Miller” on April 14 and “Cendrillon” on April 28.