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Vissi d'arte: Top 10 Toscas

Jun 21, 2017 1:04:28 PM
By BLO Staff

Can you say G.O.A.T.? Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, opening BLO’s 2017/18 Season on October 13, boasts one of the most heart-wrenching arias of all time: Vissi d'arte.

In Act II, Tosca breaks our hearts when she reflects on her fate and asks why God has abandoned her.


Here's a translation to guide your listening:

I lived for art, I lived for love, I never harmed a living soul!
With a discreet hand, I relieved all misfortunes I encountered.

Always with sincere faith, my prayer rose to the holy tabernacles.
Always with sincere faith, I decorated the altars with flowers.

In this hour of grief, why, why, Lord, why do you reward me thus?

I donated jewels to the Madonna's mantle, and offered songs to the stars and to heaven, which thus did shine with more beauty.
In this hour of grief, why, why, Lord, ah, why do you reward me thus?


Listen to our TOP 10 divas sing this stunning aria

10. Sonya Yoncheva

9. Mirella Freni

8. Montserrat Caballe

7. Joan Sutherland

6. Sondra Radvanovsky

5. Angela Gheorghiu

4. Renée Fleming

Leontyne Price

2. Maria Callas


1. Elena Stikhina, coming to Boston Lyric Opera Oct. 13 - 22
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Topics: BLO, Puccini, Tosca, #ToscaBLO, Vissi d'arte

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