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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Libretti
- Puccini: TOSCA [Includes RealAudio Selections]
- Band 3 [RealAudio available]

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Act II: Torture Scene excerpts:

(a) "Ah! mostro, lo strazi, l'uccidi"..."Ma fatelo tacere!"

(b) "[Nel pozzo] nel giardino"..."Basta. Roberti"

Emma Eames (s), Tosca

Emilio De Marchi (t), Cavaradossi

Antonio Scotti (b), Scarpia

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra--Luigi Mancinelli

January 3, 1903

[Slip; snake; Glackens 50.]

In Scarpia's apartment in the Palazzo Farnese. Tosca hears the screams of Mario, who is being tortured in an adjacent room to make him reveal the hiding place of the fugitive Bonapartist Angelotti. In the brief fragment at the end of the band (actually recorded by Mapleson at the beginning of the cylinder containing the next band). Tosca, unable to bear the sounds of Mario's agony, tells Scarpia what he wants to know, and the torturer. Roberti, is called off.

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[original]

TOSCA

(a)
Ah! mostro!
Lo strazi, l'uccidi,
ah! l'uccidi!

SCARPIA
Lo strazia quel vostro silenzio
assai pi

TOSCA
Tu ridi all'orrida pena?

SCARPIA
Mai Tosca alla scena
pi tragica fu!
Aprite le porte
che n'oda i lamenti!

THE VOICE OF CAVARADOSSI
Vi sfido!

SCARPIA
Pi forte, pi forte!

THE VOICE OF CAVARADOSSI
Vi sfido!

SCARPIA ( to Tosca )
Parlate!

TOSCA
Che dire?

SCARPIA
Su, via.

TOSCA
Ah! non so nulla!
ah! dovrei mentir?

SCARPIA
Dite dov' Angelotti? Simultaneous singing begins
Dite dov' Angelotti?

TOSCA
No! No! Simultaneous singing endsSimultaneous singing begins

SCARPIA
Parlate su, via,
dove celato sta?
Su, via parlate ov'?

TOSCA
Ah! Pi non posso!
Ah! che orror! Simultaneous singing ends
Ah! cessate il martir!
troppo soffrir!
Ah! non posso pi,
ah! non posso pi!

THE VOICE OF CAVARADOSSI
Ahim!

TOSCA
Mario, consenti
ch'io parli?

THE VOICE OF CAVARADOSSI
No! No!

TOSCA
Ascolta, non posso pi

THE VOICE OF CAVARADOSSI
Stolta, che sai?
Che puoi dir!

SCARPIA
Ma fatelo tacere!

TOSCA
(b)
[Nel pozzo]...nel giardino...

SCARPIA
L Angelotti?

TOSCA
Si...

SCARPIA ( loudly, towards the torture-chamber )
Basta, Roberti

[translation]

TOSCA

Ah, monster!
You're torturing him, you re killing him,
ah, vou're killing him!

SCARPIA
Your silence is torturing him
still more!

TOSCA
You laugh at the horrible pain?

SCARPIA
Tosca on stage
was never more tragic!
Open the doors
so we can hear his screams!

THE VOICE OF CAVARADOSSI
I defy you!

SCARPIA
Harder! Harder!

THE VOICE OF CAVARADOSSI
I defy you!

SCARPIA ( to Tosca )
Speak!

TOSCA
What should I say?

SCARPIA
Come, speak!

TOSCA
Ah! I know nothing!
Ah! Do you want me to lie?

SCARPIA
Tell me where Angelotti is! Simultaneous singing begins
Tell me where Angelotti is!

TOSCA
No! No! Simultaneous singing endsSimultaneous singing begins

SCARPIA
Speak up quickly,
where is he hidden?
Speak up, where is he?

TOSCA
Ah, I can bear no more!
Ah, what horror! Simultaneous singing ends
Ah, stop this torture!
It is too much to bear!
Ah, I can bear no more,
ah, I can bear no more!

THE VOICE OF CAVARADOSSI
Alas!

TOSCA
Mario, will you
let me speak?

THE VOICE OF CAVARADOSSI
No! No!

TOSCA
Listen, I can bear no more.

THE VOICE OF CAVARADOSSI
Fool, what do you know?
What can you say?

SCARPIA
Make him shut up!

TOSCA
In the well...in the garden

SCARPIA
Angelotti is there?

TOSCA
Yes...

SCARPIA ( loudly, towards the torture-chamber )
Enough, Roberti.


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