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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

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Act II: Torture Scene excerpt: "Vittoria! Vittoria!" ..."Volete che cerchiamo insieme il mo[do di salvarlo?]"

Emma Eames (s), Tosca

Emilic De Marchi (t), Cavaradossi

Antonio Scotti (b), Scarpia

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra--Luigi Mancinelli

January 3, 1903

[Slip; Glackens 61.]

Cavaradossi has been brought into the room, and Scarpia's agent Sciarrone has just reported that, instead of being defeated at the battle of Marengo, Napoleon has won. Mario rejoices at the news, and is hauled away to prison. Scarpia prepares to bargain Mario's life against Tosca's body.

[original]

CAVARADOSSI

Vittoria! Vittoria!!
L'alba vindice appar
che fa gli empi tremar!
Libertà sorge,
crollan tirannidi!

TOSCA
Mario, taci,
pietà di me! Simultaneous singing begins

CAVARADOSSI
Del sofferto martir
me vedrai qui gioir;
il tuo cor trema,
o Scarpia, carnefice!
carnefice! carnefice!

SCARPIA
Braveggia, urla!
T'affretta a palesarmi
il fondo dell'alma ria!
Va! Moribondo,
il calpestro t'aspetta!
Va, va!

TOSCA
Pietà! taci!
non l'ascoltate!
Pietà! Pietà! Simultaneous singing ends
Pietà di me!

SCARPIA
Portatemelo via!

TOSCA
Mario...con te...

SCARPIA
Va, moribondo!

TOSCA
No, no!

SCARPIA
Va, va!

TOSCA
Ah! Mario! Mario!
Con te... con te...

SCARPIA
Voi no! ( The door closes: Scarpia and Tosca are alone. )

TOSCA
Salvatelo!

SCARPIA
Io...? Voi! ( He goes to the table. )
La povera mia cena fu interrotta
Così accasciata?
Via, mia bella signora,
sedete qui.
Volete che cerchiamo insieme
il mo[do di salvarlo?]

[translation]

CAVARADOSSI

Victory! Victory!
The avenging dawn appears
that makes the wicked tremble!
Liberty arises,
tyrants tumble!

TOSCA
Mario, be silent,
have pity on me! Simultaneous singing begins

CAVARADOSSI
Now you see me rejoice
in my own suffering...
your own heart trembles,
Scarpia, you hangman!
hangman! hangman!

SCARPIA
Boast and shout!
Hasten to reveal
the depths of your evil soul!
Go! You're already dead,
the scaffold awaits you!
Go, go!

TOSCA
Pity! Be silent!
Don't listen to him!
Pity! Pity! Simultaneous singing ends
Pity on me!

SCARPIA
Take him away!

TOSCA
Mario...with you...

SCARPIA
Go, you're already dead!

TOSCA
No, no!

SCARPIA
Go, go!

TOSCA
Ah! Mario! Mario!
with you, with you!

SCARPIA
Not you! ( The door closes: Scarpia and Tosca are alone. )

TOSCA
Save him!

SCARPIA
I...? Rather you!

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( He goes to the table. )
My poor supper was interrupted.
So downcast?
Come, my lovely lady,
sit down here.
Would you like us together to look
for a way to save him?
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