RETRO+ Short Cuts
Vissi d’arte: I Lived for Art
"Vissi d’arte" from Puccini's Tosca. Set to Elena Stikhina's debut performance at Boston Lyric Opera in 2017, Conklin and Emetaz weave together footage of the greatest screen legends -- from Gloria and Beyoncé, to Whitney and Marilyn – as an homage to the Diva.
I have lived for art, I have lived for love
I have never harmed a living soul
I have quietly helped any people in trouble
I have prayed to You, O Lord, with fervent prayers
I have given flowers to decorate Your altars
And yet, in my hour of grief, why,
Why have You repaid me thus?
I have given jewels to enrich the cloak of the Madonna
I have offered my song up to You in the starry heavens
And yet in my hour of despair why, O Lord,
Why have You deserted me?
Have you made up your mind?
I beg for mercy at your feet.
With the Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra.
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