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Tosca, 1965.

Even though Maria is considered by many as the definitive Tosca, she never enjoyed Puccini’s masterpiece. “[It] occupies the last place in my scale of preferences”, she said in 1957. From 1947 to 1959, she would sing it only six times. She disliked Tosca’s jealousy and the way she complains in the first act and thought that Vissi d’arte should be cut, because “it completely blocks the flow of the action in the entire act.” This thought was also shared by Puccini, but both knew the importance of a big aria in the second act.

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