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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