Sunday, January 22, 2006

Recondita Harmonia

Playing on the iPod is the wonderful "Recondita Harmonia" from Puccini's Tosca. It was Maria Callas's interpretation of Floria Tosca that made me fall in love with opera when I was a child. I used to spend part of my holidays with my great-aunt and great-uncle, who didn't have a TV (they abhorred it!) but loved classical music and opera. I remember listening to Callas's poignant Tosca over and over on the record player while my great-aunt was busy in the kitchen and my great-uncle was taking his afternoon nap. I would delight at the pictures of her and found the story terribly romantic and sad. The stuff little girls's dreams thrive on. At least back then.

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