Cavaradossi

1997 CM. Discovered 1997 Feb. 1 by P. G. Comba at Prescott.

Named for a character in Puccini's {see planet (4579)} opera Tosca. Cavaradossi, a revolutionary and fighter against despotism, is imprisoned and condemned to die. While awaiting execution, he sings the nostalgic aria "E lucevan le stelle", recalling the sweet times he had with his mistress Tosca and bemoaning his impending death. Meanwhile, Tosca tries to gain his release by bargaining with the lecherous chief of police Scarpia. They double-cross each other, and everyone dies a violent death. (M 32793)

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