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    Quote Originally Posted by howlingfantods View Post
    To be fair, she does look fantastic in the video. And Kaufmann is fantastic as Cavaradossi--his performance of E lucevan le stelle from that infamous 2016 performance where Gheorghiu missed her cue is one of the most beautiful versions I've ever heard.
    Agree on Kaufmann's aria. Really powerful. Cavaradossi isn't much of a character, but Kaufmann has enough physical and vocal presence that I don't care. Tosca is a verismo part and needs a strong midrange and plenty of fire and bite. Gheorghiu doesn't have that kind of voice, and her so-so acting suggests that she hasn't the temperament either. The Puccini for her would be Mimi, Musetta, Magda or Liu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    Agree on Kaufmann's aria. Really powerful. Cavaradossi isn't much of a character, but Kaufmann has enough physical and vocal presence that I don't care. Tosca is a verismo part and needs a strong midrange and plenty of fire and bite. Gheorghiu doesn't have that kind of voice, and her so-so acting suggests that she hasn't the temperament either. The Puccini for her would be Mimi, Musetta, Magda or Liu.
    Also Butterfly gain having some fire and bite. She does try to stab Goro efter all.

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