“I lived for art, I lived for love”

Vissi d’arte

from Puccini’s opera Tosca, performed by the radiant Leontyne Price, 1965

My other favorite rendition of this aria is by Renata Tebaldi, and can be heard here.

Sempre con fè sincera

la mia preghiera

ai santi tabernacoli salì.

Sempre con fè sincera

diedi fiori agl’altar.

Nell’ora del dolore

perchè, perchè, Signore,

perchè me ne rimuneri così?

Always with true faith

my prayer

rose to the holy shrines.

Always with true faith

I gave flowers to the altar.

In the hour of grief

why, why, o Lord,

why do you reward me thus?

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This essay is “just because.”


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    • pfiore8 on October 27, 2008 at 18:13


    this was one of my wOw moments… an extraordinary piece, both technical and emotional. overwhelming.

    • robodd on October 27, 2008 at 20:42

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