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** Toscas have missed the mattress in the final jump.

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** Toscas have missed the mattress in the final jump. Poor Elisabeth Knighton Printy, for instance, fell thirty feet and broke ''both'' her legs.

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* DawsonCasting: This isn't as bad as other examples in opera, since Tosca is at least twenty according to Sardou's play, but she's still generally played by singers with a ''lot'' of experience under their belts.


*** 1952, conducted by Guido Picco: Greek soprano Maria Callas as Tosca, and Italians Giuseppe Di Stephano and Tito Gobbi as Cavaradossi and Scarpia, respectively.

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*** 1952, 1953, conducted by Guido Picco: Albert de Sabata: Greek soprano Maria Callas as Tosca, and Italians Giuseppe Di Stephano and Tito Gobbi as Cavaradossi and Scarpia, respectively.


*** The famous 1992 film by Brian Large (a performance that takes place at the exact locations and times of day according to the libretto) casts American soprano as Tosca, Plácido Domingo as Cavaradossi, and Ruggero Raimondi as Scarpia.

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*** The famous 1992 film by Brian Large (a performance that takes place at the exact locations and times of day according to the libretto) casts American soprano Catherine Malfitano as Tosca, Plácido Domingo as Cavaradossi, and Ruggero Raimondi as Scarpia.


*** Tenor Giuseppe Di Stephano and baritone Tito Gobbi have done two separate recordings with Maria Callas and Renata Tebaldi.
*** Baritone Sherrill Milnes has done separate recordings with Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo, and Raina Kabaivanska.
*** Tenor Franco Corelli has done separate recordings with Leontyne Price and Birgit Nilsson.
*** Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, and Ruggero Raimondi have recorded together.

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*** Tenor 1952, conducted by Guido Picco: Greek soprano Maria Callas as Tosca, and Italians Giuseppe Di Stephano and baritone Tito Gobbi have done two separate recordings with Maria Callas as Cavaradossi and Renata Tebaldi.
Scarpia, respectively.
*** Baritone 1966, conducted by Lorin Maazel: Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson as Tosca, Italian tenor Franco Corelli as Cavaradossi, and German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as Scarpia.
*** 1972, conducted by Zubin Mehta: African-American soprano Leontyne Price as Tosca, Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo as Cavaradossi, and American baritone
Sherrill Milnes has done separate recordings with Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo, and Raina Kabaivanska.
*** Tenor Franco Corelli has done separate recordings with Leontyne Price and Birgit Nilsson.
*** Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, and Ruggero Raimondi have recorded together.
as Scarpia.


** Tenor Giuseppe Di Stephano and baritone Tito Gobbi have done two separate recordings with Maria Callas and Renata Tebaldi.
** Baritone Sherrill Milnes has done separate recordings with Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo, and Raina Kabaivanska.
** Tenor Franco Corelli has done separate recordings with Leontyne Price and Birgit Nilsson
** Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, and Ruggero Raimondi have recorded and filmed a production together.

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** Recordings:
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Tenor Giuseppe Di Stephano and baritone Tito Gobbi have done two separate recordings with Maria Callas and Renata Tebaldi.
** *** Baritone Sherrill Milnes has done separate recordings with Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo, and Raina Kabaivanska.
** *** Tenor Franco Corelli has done separate recordings with Leontyne Price and Birgit Nilsson
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Nilsson.
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Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, and Ruggero Raimondi have recorded together.
** Films/Productions:
*** Benoît Jacquot's 2001 film casts Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu as Tosca, French tenor Roberto Alagna as Cavaradossi,
and filmed a production together.Italian bass-baritone Ruggero Raimondi as Scarpia.
*** Gianfranco De Bosio's 1976 film casts Bulgarian soprano Raina Kabaivanska as Tosca, Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo as Cavaradossi, and American baritone Sherill Milnes as Scarpia.
*** The famous 1992 film by Brian Large (a performance that takes place at the exact locations and times of day according to the libretto) casts American soprano as Tosca, Plácido Domingo as Cavaradossi, and Ruggero Raimondi as Scarpia.

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* AllStarCast: ''Tosca'' has had many famous opera singers recording and performing on stage together as Tosca, Cavaradossi, and Scarpia:
** Tenor Giuseppe Di Stephano and baritone Tito Gobbi have done two separate recordings with Maria Callas and Renata Tebaldi.
** Baritone Sherrill Milnes has done separate recordings with Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo, and Raina Kabaivanska.
** Tenor Franco Corelli has done separate recordings with Leontyne Price and Birgit Nilsson
** Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, and Ruggero Raimondi have recorded and filmed a production together.


** Caravadossis have been struck by shrapnel from prop guns. See an agonizing example [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk4N8ltMAqE here]] (at 1:58).

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** Caravadossis Cavaradossis have been struck by shrapnel from prop guns. See an agonizing example [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk4N8ltMAqE here]] (at 1:58).


** Scarpias have been stabbed for real with malfunctioning prop knives (This happened, for instance, to Maria Callas longtime co-performer Tito Gobbi).

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** Scarpias have been stabbed for real with malfunctioning prop knives (This happened, for instance, to Maria Callas Callas' longtime co-performer Tito Gobbi).

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* FatalMethodActing: While there have been no confirmed fatalities connected with Tosca, there have been plenty of injuries over the years, to the point where people talk about a ''Tosca'' curse:
** Scarpias have been stabbed for real with malfunctioning prop knives (This happened, for instance, to Maria Callas longtime co-performer Tito Gobbi).
** Caravadossis have been struck by shrapnel from prop guns. See an agonizing example [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk4N8ltMAqE here]] (at 1:58).
** Toscas have missed the mattress in the final jump.

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* ThrowItIn: One night on stage, the famous soprano Maria Jeritza tripped and fell, just before Tosca's great aria ''Vissi d'arte''. Rather than climb awkwardly back up again to sing, she chose to remain on the floor for the duration of the aria. This worked so well that it has become traditional that Tosca sings ''Vissi d'arte'' while lying on the floor.

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