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10 Versions of Vissi D'Arte

"Vissi d'arte" (translation: I have lived for art) is one of opera's most iconic arias for soprano.

Forced to submit to someone she loathes in order to save her lover from execution, Tosca questions why, when she has devoted her life to art and love, God has repaid her with suffering. 

Here are 10 different interpretations by 10 different sopranos, including Adrianne Pieczonka who will sing the role with us:

Adrianne Pieczonka

Listen via her website:

Montserrat Caballe


Maria Callas


Regine Crespin


Renee Fleming


Angela Gheorghiu


Catherine Malfitano


Karita Mattila


Sondra Radvanovsky


Renata Tebaldi



Carol Vaness


Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2011/2012 / comments (1) / permalink

clement ng (1/17/2012 10:37:00 AM)
Where was Callas' video recording? How about Hildegard Behrens, Raina Kabaivanska? Also a poll on the best Caravadossi, Scarpias please (and their respective arias).

Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001

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