Elijah Ho reviews Opera San Jose's production of Tosca for the San Jose Mercury News.
"Chief of police Scarpia is Puccini's first formidable role given to a baritone, and this most interesting of creations was played by the star of the evening. Matthew Hanscom's depiction of Scarpia was simply a work of art. In a substantial role offering few moments of sustained cantabile, the former Merolini (2007) gave a commanding, transformative performance. His presence conveyed a masculine authority, frightening, even as he attempted to woo his love interest -- his character made inspiring and repulsive all at once. The flexibility of Hanscom's acting was something to admire and reflect on, as he reveled in the ruthless, and more nuanced, even tender qualities of the villain."