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from Act III of the Italian opera Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa

Role: Mario Cavaradossi, Tosca's lover, a young painter and a political liberal
Voice Part: tenor       Fach: spinto
Setting: The ramparts of a fortress
Synopsis: Cavaradossi trades his last possession, a ring, to get a guard to take a letter to the imprisoned Tosca. As he writes the letter, he sings of his love for Tosca and for life.
Range: Tessitura:
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Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Mark D. Lew (added 1999-07-28)
E lucevan le stelle, Mario Cavaradossi's aria from Tosca

E lucevan le stelle 			The stars were gleaming,
ed olezzava la terra, 			The ground was fragrant...
stridea l'uscio dell'orto, 		The creak of the garden gate,
e un passo sfiorava la rena...		light footsteps in the sand,
Entrava ella, fragrante,		the smell of her hair. She came
Mi cadea fra le braccia...		  and fell into my arms.

Oh dolci baci, o languide carezze,	Oh tender kisses, sweet caresses,
Mentr'io fremente			While, trembling, I beheld
La belle forme discioglea dai veli!	Her beautiful form freed of its gown.

Svani per sempre il sogno mio d'amore..	Gone forever is my dream of love.
L'ora e' fuggita...			Time has fled, and I die in despair!
E muoio disperato!			I die in despair,
E non ho amato mai tanto la vita!	But never have I loved life so much

Translation copyright ©1999 by Mark D. Lew ( 
[poetic translation, not entirely literal]
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Adler, Kurt. Operatic Anthology, Volume 3 - Tenor. Published by G. Schirmer. Available at and
Enrico Caruso - Voices of the Opera Series. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
Anthology of Italian Opera - Tenor. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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