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.