Tosca (Giacomo Puccini, 1900)
(Cavaradossi is an artist and political prisoner. Informed that he will be executed within the hour, he barters with a guard for a piece of paper, on which he writes a final letter to his lover, Tosca)
Svanì per sempre il sogno mio d'amore.
(Forever, my dream of love has vanished.)
L'ora è fuggita, e muoio disperato!
(That moment has fled, and I die in despair)
E muoio disperato!
E non ho amato mai tanto la vita,
(Andnever have I loved life so much)
tanto la vita!