Puccini: Tosca

COMPOSERS: Puccini
LABELS: Pioneer Classics
PERFORMER: Behrens, Domingo; MetropolitanOpera/Sinopoli; dir. Zeffirelli

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Zeffirelli’s special brand of phoney realism goes down well with the Met audience, which applauds the sets. But there’s a lack of real dramatic fibre from Behrens and MacNeil.