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from Act I 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 inside of a Roman church
Synopsis: Cavaradossi is painting a Madonna for the church and he has based the painting on a woman who prays often at the church. He sings of the differences between his picture of a fair Madonna and the darker beauty of his love, Tosca.
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Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Mark Harris (added 1998-04-18)
Recondita armonia, Cavaradossi's aria from Tosca

Recondita armonia di bellezze diverse!	hidden harmony of different beauties
È bruna Floria, l'ardente amante mia,	Floria my passionate lover is a brunette
e te, beltade ignota			and you unknown beauty
cinta di chiome bionde!			are framed by fair hair
Tu azzuro hai l'occhio 			you have blue eyes
Tosca ha l'occhio nero!			Tosca has dark eyes
L'arte nel suo mistero			the mysterious art
le diverse bellezze insiem confonde:	mixes the different beauties together
ma nel ritrar costei			but while I paint her
il mio solo pensiero,			I only think
ah! il mio sol pensier sei tu!		Ah I only think of you
Tosca sei tu!				Tosca of you!

Translation by Mark Harris (
Sheet Music/Scores:
The Ultimate Tenor Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Cantolopera: Arias for Tenor - Volume 2. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
Celebri Arie di Opere - Volume 4. Published by Ricordi. Available at
Adler, Kurt. Operatic Anthology, Volume 3 - Tenor. Published by G. Schirmer. Available at and
Anthology of Italian Opera - Tenor. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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