|Mario and Tosca|
|Mario is being tortured by Scarpia's men|
Tosca released her powerful soprano vocals as she pleads for Mario’s life and struggles with having to spend a night with Scarpia in order to save Mario’s life. Her voice filled the theater even as she was practically lying on the floor. Her sound was unbelievable!
|Scarpia makes his advances|
A tormented Tosca agrees to Scarpia’s proposition which results in Scarpia agreeing to arrange a mock execution of her lover. He also writes a document that gives Mario his freedom. Just as Scarpia makes his physical move, Tosca stabs him. She flees with the document leaving the murdered Scarpia with a crucifix on his chest. As you can see, the intense drama in this act parallels the amplified vocals.
In the beginning of Act III, the orchestra played Puccini’s musical score without song. We listened to this magnificent music as the guard paced the castle wall before the execution and Mario prepared his last love letter to Tosca.
Her joy quickly transformed into deep grief. She ends her life as the Roman solders come to arrest her for Scarpia’s murder by jumping off the wall crying, “Oh Scarpia, we meet before God!”
Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste (Song of Solomon 2:3)