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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Libretti
- Puccini: TOSCA [Includes RealAudio Selections]
- Band 7

Band 7

Act III: Final Scene excerpt: "Come bello mio Mario!"..."Colla mia!"

Milka Ternina (s), Tosca

Jacques Bars (t), Spoletta

Lodovico Viviani (b), Sciarrone

Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra--

Phillippe Flon

February 1, 1902

[Snake; Glackens 56: "Feb 1."]

The desperate Tosca has agreed to Scarpia's bargain and then killed him, unaware that the simulated execution of Mario he has ordered "to preserve appearances" will in fact be a real one. Both these cylinders cover the same material, the opera's final pages. On the terrace of the Castel Sant' Angelo, Tosca watches as the firing squad shoots and Mario falls. In the meantime Scarpia's agents have discovered his body, and they come looking for Tosca. (In Band 6, the sound of the shots is not heard, for they evidently lifted Mapleson's recording head from the grooves altogether, and the opera's final page is marred by two groove gouges that have been edited out of the tape. Paradoxically, the shots track better in the otherwise badly recorded Band 7.)

[original]

TOSCA

Come bello il mio Mario! ( The firing squad shoots. )
L! muori!
Ecco un artista!
O Mario, non ti muovere...
S'avviano...taci!
Vanno...scendono...scendono...
Ancora non ti muovere... ( She listens: the soldiers have gone. )
Presto, su! Mario! Mario!
Su, presto! Andiam!
Su, Su! Mario! Mario! Ah!
Morto...! morto...! morto...!
O Mario...morto...? tu...? cos?
Finire cos? finire cos? Simultaneous singing begins
Tu, morto...morto? Mario...
Mario...povera Floria tua!
Mario! Mario!

SPOLETTA, SCIARRONE, SOLDIERS ( approaching, variously )
Ah! Vi dico, pugnalato!
Scarpia?
Scarpia!
Ah!
La donna Tosca!
Che non sfugga! Simultaneous singing ends
Attenti agli sbocchi delle scale!
Attenti agli sbocchi delle scale! ( Spoletta and Sciarrone appear at the top of the stairs. )

SCIARRONE
lei!

SPOLETTA
Ah! Tosca, pagherai ben cara
la sua vita!

TOSCA
Colla mia! [larr; Band 7 ends ]
O Scarpia, avanti a Dio! ( She throws herself over the parapet. ) [← Band 6 ends ]

[translation]

TOSCA

How handsome my Mario is! ( The firing squad shoots. )
There! Die!
What an actor!
O Mario, don't move ...
They're going now ... be silent!
They're going ... going down ...
Don't move yet... ( She listens: the soldiers have gone. )
Quick, get up! Mario! Mario!
Get up, quickly! Let's go!
Get up, get up! Mario! Mario! Ah!
Dead...! dead...! dead...!
O Mario...dead...! You...! Like this!
To end like this? To end like this? Simultaneous singing begins
You, dead...dead? Mario...
Mario...your poor Floria!
Mario! Mario!

SPOLETTA, SCIARRONE, SOLDIERS ( approaching variously )
Ah! I tell you, stabbed!
Scarpia?
Scarpia!
Ah!
The woman is Tosca!
Don't let her get away! Simultaneous singing ends
Guard the foot of the stairs!
Guard the foot of the stairs!

SCIARRONE
There she is!

SPOLETTA
Ah, Tosca, you will pay most dearly
for his life!

TOSCA
With my own!
O Scarpia, we'll meet before God! ( She throws herself over the parapet. ) [← Band 6 ends ]


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