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Puccini: Tosca ~ Giacomo Puccini
Puccini: Tosca ~ Giacomo Puccini
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!!, 27 July 2001
This recording comes from what was very probably the best phase of Callas's career. Her voice and art were then, in 1953, probably at their best point of equilibrium. When I here Callas sing Vissi d'arte it just sends shivers down my back everytime.
The plot takes place in Rome in June 1800, Floria Tosca and Mario Cavaradossi are in love and all they want is to be left alone. Baron Scarpia, however, wants Floria for his physical needs. He arrests Mario for aiding a fugitive and tells Tosca she can save him by giving herself to him. She agrees, but the kiss he has so longed for is the fatal kiss of a knife blade. He had promised to set up a false execution for Mario, but the treachery… Read more

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