by Paula Citron
It is the over-the-hill crowd in Opera Ontario’s Tosca with tired scenery from Opera Virginia. Nonetheless, the production works because of the clean direction of Valerie Kuinka, the chemistry between the cast, and the understanding and delivery of the singers in their roles.
There is, however, one voice of singular beauty that denies a long and distinguished career and that is baritone Gaétan Laperrière. This great singing actor has made Scarpia his own. It is one of the finest performances of that role, and his lush, silky sound is like ambrosia. Kudos also to conductor Daniel Lipton for his wonderful reading of the score.
Tenor Tonio DiPaolo as Cavaradossi and soprano Frances Ginzer as Tosca pull off great performances, but there is no getting around his pinched and her shrill top.
Nonetheless, this production satisfies on a dramatic level.
From Hamilton Place, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.