It seems that the shabby little shocker is still performing as it should. Luc Bondy's new production was heartily booed at its opening at the Met last night. Of course Bondy is one of the outstanding directors of his generation. He does not appeal to the first night audience of the Met evidently - their loss no doubt. They miss Zeffirelli. But they can make the trip to Chicago to see one of the great opera productions of the last 60 years, Zeffirelli's Tosca at Covent Garden from 1964. I saw it when it was new with Callas and Gobbi. But that was 45 years ago. And happily the end of the second act can be seen by everyone thanks to the miracle of YouTube.
Actually the most interesting Tosca I have seen in, relatively speaking, recent years was Nikolaus Lehnhoff's in Amsterdam with Catherine Malfitano and Bryn Terfel, conducted by Riccardo Chailly with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Magnificent in every department.
But in the opera world one never knows for certain what is going to happen.