"With her Maggie Smith-like facial expressions, mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer could hardly have been better as Augusta, conveying the character’s steeliness and hurt in both voice and manner. . .
But the most important aspect of any Tosca are the singers who portray the three key characters, and all of them were more than able. . . Baritone Michael Mayes clearly enjoyed himself as Scarpia; he has the imposing presence and vocal chops to embody the character’s villainy."
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