Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Live in HD Preview: Yoncheva, Grigolo Appear on Silver Screen in ‘Tosca’

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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.



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Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

2 Comments on "Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Live in HD Preview: Yoncheva, Grigolo Appear on Silver Screen in ‘Tosca’"

  1. I couldn’t disagree more with the suggestion that the two stars and conductor weren’t suitable for Primetime. The Live in HD Tosca was absolutely captivating, thrilling and beautiful! Yoncheva and Grigolo were the perfect stars, being vocally beautiful but also true performers. Our hearts beat with them as we watched! They had tangible passion! And Scarpia? Woah! Lucic was perfection. This cast made Opera feel young again to this 36 year old. Whatever they did here with McVicar and cast should be replicated! The fire and passion between the stars was what took the whole thing over the top. Bravo! I will be buying this when it comes out for purchase on DVD or streaming, and if this cast ever comes together again I will plan a trip to Lincoln Center for it.

  2. Wow times 10! This is the best performance of Tosca I have ever seen. It was obvious that all the stars put their hearts and souls into this performance. The voices and acting were superb. Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigolo were amazing, and Zeljko Lucic made the best Scarpia. I can’t wait for this to come out on DVD. It’s a must have for my collection.

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