Today we’re listening to…“E lucevan le stelle” the tenor aria from Act III of the Italian opera Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. First performed in January 14, 1900 in Rome, this aria is sung by the character Mario Cavaradossi (kah-vah-rah-DOS-see), a painter in love with the singer Tosca, while he waits to be executed. I’ve chosen to profile a recording of Luciano Pavarotti here but there are so many wonderful working tenors today that can sing this role including Jonas Kaufmann and Piotr Beczala.
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