Tosca - Vis­si d’arte (to Ugo F. Turcio).

TOSCA - VIS­SI D’ARTE (TO UGO F. TURCIO)

Audio Visu­al (video with music track)
3’16”
Spring 2016
some­where between HONG KONG and THE NETH­ER­LANDS

Video ded­ic­ates to dear late good friend, Ugo Francesco Turcio (20th Janu­ary 1962, Palemo, Italy - 10th April 2016, Tilburg, The Neth­er­lands).
With sop­rano aria track from Tosca act 2 by Giac­omo Puccini, sung by Maria Cal­las as Flor­ia Tosca.

Lib­retto

Vis­si d’arte, vis­si d’amore,
non feci mai male ad anima viva!
Con man furt­iva
quante miser­ie con­obbi aiutai.

Sempre con fe’ sin­cera
la mia pregh­i­era
ai santi taber­nacoli salì.
Sempre con fe’ sin­cera
diedi fiori agli altar.

Nell’ora del dolore
per­ché, per­ché, Signore,
per­ché me ne rimu­neri così?

Diedi gioi­elli della Madonna al manto,
e diedi il canto agli astri, al ciel,
che ne ridean più belli.
Nell’ora del dolore,
per­ché, per­ché, Signor,
ah, per­ché me ne rimu­neri così?

(Eng­lish trans­la­tion)

I lived for art, I lived for love,
I nev­er harmed a liv­ing soul!
With a dis­creet hand
I relieved all mis­for­tunes I encountered.

Always with sin­cere faith
my pray­er
rose to the holy tab­er­nacles.
Always with sin­cere faith
I dec­or­ated the altars with flowers.

In this hour of grief,
why, why, Lord,
why do you reward me thus?

I donated jew­els to the Madonna’s mantle,
and offered songs to the stars and heav­en,
which thus shone with more beauty.
In this hour of grief,
why, why, Lord,
ah, why do you reward me thus?

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