Tosca review – British pairing make this a Tosca to treasure
Royal Opera House, London
With Freddie De Tommaso, Natalya Romaniw and Erwin Schrott in the lead roles this revival of Jonathan Kent’s sure-footed staging of Puccini’s opera is in very good hands
Freddie De Tommaso made waves last year when a halftime jump-in made him the first British tenor to sing Cavaradossi at the Royal Opera since Charles Craig in 1963. Now De Tommaso is back at Covent Garden to sing the role and this time the cast includes Natalya Romaniw, the first British soprano to sing Tosca at Covent Garden since Gwyneth Jones owned the part back in the 1970s. Indeed, a pair of Brits have not sung opposite each other in Puccini’s opera here since 1954.