Defending the 12th century since the 14th; blogging since the 21st.

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Sunday, March 28, 2004
Eve has discovered one of opera's most unforgettable villains.

A doppia mira tendo il voler,
né il capo del ribelle
è la più preziosa!
Ah di quegli occhi vittoriosi
veder la fiamma
illanguidir con spasimo d'amor,
fra le mie braccia, illanguidir d'amor.
L'uno al capestro,
l'altra fra le mie braccia!

-- TOSCA (Act I, finale)