Tuesday, July 26, 2011

E lucevan le stelle - Tosca

And the stars shone,
And the earth was fragrant
The garden gate creaked
And a step brushed the sand.
Fragrant, she entered,
And fell in to my arms.

O sweet kisses, o lingering caresses,
While I, quivering, unveiled her beauty.
My dream of love has vanished forever.
Time is fleeing, I die despairing!
And I have never so loved life!

See Placido Domingo in a 1992 production in which Tosca was performed in the exact places of the libretto, in something close to real time. The orchestra was a few miles away.

 1992, Conductor: Zubin Mehta 

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