Song Number 95 in the list of 100 classical songs was written by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), and is titled Vissi d’arte, which translates to “I lived for art.” Who knew? Not me! I am sure you have heard this melody before. Unless of course you haven’t.
“Vissi d’arte” is a soprano aria from act 2 of the opera Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. It is sung by Floria Tosca as she thinks of her fate, how the life of her beloved, Mario Cavaradossi, is at the mercy of Baron Scarpia and why God has seemingly abandoned her. For more on that: