Hermann Klein in Covent Garden - 1900

from Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900, pages 455-6:

Puccini's “Tosca" was the solitary new opera produced in 1900, and, thanks to the genius of Fraulein Ternina, its many beauties were at once made patent to all who were willing to perceive them. That artist's superb assumption of Floria Tosca, coming as it did on top of a series of triumphs in such roles as Brilnnhilde, Sieglinde, Elsa, Elisabeth, and Leonora, was but another revelation of her versatility and of her vocal and histrionic charm. This was Ternina's first essay as the heroine of Puccini's picturesque work, and she received excellent support from De Lucia as Pietro Cavaradossi, and from Scotti as Scarpia — this last a creation which has won universal recognition as an ideal presentment of one of the most subtle and malevolent figures in modern opera. Altogether it was a splendid performance, and Luigi Mancinelli conducted it in his most masterly manner.

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Hermann Klein, Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900 (New York City, 1903), p. 455-6. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1438599418291 accessed: 8 December, 2023

location of experience: Covent Garden


Hermann Klein
Music Critic, Singing Teacher, Writer

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written by Giacomo Puccini
performed by Milka Ternina, Fernando De Lucia, Luigi Mancinelli, Antonio Scotti

Experience Information

Date/Time 1900
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:56:58 +0100
Approved on Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:51:25 +0100