Illustration I did about the revival of the New York City Opera, whose return performance was the Italian opera, Tosca. I took a new approach to Tosca laying the crucifix on Scarpia’s chest between two candles.
O! dolci baci, o languide carezze, mentr'io fremente le belle forme disciogliea dai veli! Svanì per sempre il sogno mio d'amore. L'ora è fuggita, e muoio disperato! E muoio disperato! E non ho amato mai tanto la vita, tanto la vita!
Oh, sweet kisses and languorous caresses, While feverishly I stripped the beautiful form of its veils! Forever, my dream of love has vanished. That moment has fled, and I die in desperation! And I die in desperation! And I never before loved life so much, Loved life so much!
Easily the coolest guitar in the shop is this dark-sounding, metallic-finished Supro Tosca from c.1958. With a 22" scale length and a switch that allows you to take the tone control out of the circuit, this thing proves that some guitars just don’t need two pickups to sound great. I played it for fifteen minutes, and almost immediately I found myself rearranging old songs with wider stretches I couldn’t quite nail on longer necks, and adjusting keys to take advantage of the deep, rumbly low end on tap. Just incredible. Should be available soon after we give it the once-over! #guitar #vintage #surpo #tosca #orange #seattle #fun #shortscale (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)