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Puccini's Tosca: a beginner's guide
15. The aftemath
At the execution, Cavaradossi knows he has simply to pretend to be dead when the firing squad shoot him, because they all have blanks. They shoot, and he falls rather too convincingly… Tosca is initially impressed by his acting skill, but when he doesn't move and she inspects closer, she sees that Scarpia has had the last laugh and made sure the bullets were real.