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Jonathan Kent's Tosca was a lifeless affair. And David McVicar's Figaro was overly restrained, unlike his Giulio Cesare, which was tremendous in a bawdy sort of way

By Stephen Everson   August 2006

A dull Tosca

Perhaps it’s the effect of the heat and humidity, but on both of my visits to the Royal Opera House in July, things seemed to be afflicted with a certain ennui. I had hoped that by coming to the ROH’s new production of Tosca late in the run, I would find it bedded down and would be able to break the critical consensus about it. But when I saw it, what it most needed was livening up rather than settling down. It was a very dull affair. Even the violent and massive triple forte orchestral chords…

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