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TOSCA - end of the opera (Act III)

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Published on 11 Oct 2007

From the Bel Canto Opera production, set during the Nazi occupation of Rome, 1944.

TOSCA: Where's the firing squad? Mario.. remember, when they have fired the blanks you must fall over.
CAVARADOSSI Not to worry. I will be so convincing they'll believe they've killed me.
TOSCA But do be careful  you must break your fall. We actors know how to...
it's a technique I'll show you
CAVARADOSSI Show me instead how you kiss when we're parting,
Show me instead how you crave my loving.
TOSCA I promise we'll have time for showing affection when we're out of danger,
when we're safely in Naples, we're forever together all of our lives.
CAVARADOSSI We're forever together all of our lives.
BOTH: Just we two, following destiny, starting anew,
rejoicing in hopes and dreams come true
Until death, never apart. Love... binding our lives...
binding us heart with heart
TOSCA Let Tosca seal your eyes with sweetest kisses,
and call you mon amour a thousand times.
COMMANDANT: Time's up.
CAVARADOSSI I'm ready.
TOSCA Now remember...when you hear gunshot....drop...
CAVARADOSSI ...dead!
TOSCA Hold your breath, and do not move a muscle!
CAVARADOSSI Yes, my darling.
TOSCA And fall correctly
CAVARADOSSI Just like Tosca as Carmen
TOSCA Be serious!
CAVARADOSSI Like this?
TOSCA Don't mock!
FIRING SQUAD ENTER
(to herself) What a tedious ritual. I can't bear the delay. Already daylight...
Why on earth are they waiting? It's just a ritual. A sham. But still it makes me feel uneasy.
(sotto voce) Hurry! We've got to get going. You look wonderful, Mario.
FIRING SQUAD FIRES
TOSCA Now...fall down. What a performance!
(To Mario's body) It's all clear. Come on, Mario. Get up! Let's go! Up! Up!
Mario, Mario....ah! Dead. dead! Murdered!
They've tricked us. Mario! No...Don't go! Don't leave me like this! Don't leave me like this!
Cold...lifeless...dead. Mario....how can I live without you? Mario. Mario.
SCIARRONE (off)
The Colonel's been murdered!
KAPPLER
The assassin was Tosca!
SOLDIERS
Someone stop her.
SCIARRONE & KAPPLER Seal off every means of her escaping
SCIARRONE She's there!
KAPPLER Ah, Tosca, you'll pay dearly for the life of Scarpia
TOSCA
With my own life! May Scarpia repent in Hell!!
(She jumps to her death)

words©Tom Boyd

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