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L.A. Opera's 'Tosca': No gimmicks, just some powerhouse singing

L.A. Opera's 'Tosca': No gimmicks, just some powerhouse singing

There are many, many interesting anecdotes circulating about Puccini’s “Tosca” — which figures since “Tosca” is among the most performed operas in the business. James Conlon told a few of them Saturday night in his pre-performance talk before Los Angeles Opera revived its 2013 production, and he had some of his listeners rolling in the aisles.

Here are a couple more: Miles Davis once told me that he yearned to record an interpretation of “Tosca” with the great arranger Gil Evans. Wouldn’t that have been something to hear? Alas, the two friends never got around to it. Also, a Warner Classics recording of “Tosca” from 1980 features the tiny part of the Jailer in Act III sung by, would...

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