from Act III 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 ramparts of a fortress
Synopsis: Cavaradossi trades his last possession, a ring, to get a guard to take a letter to the imprisoned Tosca. As he writes the letter, he sings of his love for Tosca and for life.