Tosca — Or Her Lover? — All Wet

toscaposter.jpgI’ve seen a lot of weird and complicated sets for opera productions, but I have to say that a recent version of “Tosca,” at the Bregenz Festival in Austria, sets new standards in the dropped-jaw department. The festival has the built-in-advantage of its backdrop: the stage is a platform floating on the surface of Lake Constance. The set was dominated by a 100-foot-by-165 eyeball.

A report from the Variety arts website, with photos, comes right here. At the climax — Cavaradossi is executed, Tosca leaps to her death — you just know that someone had to end up in the water.

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