Wednesday Music: Puccini’s ‘O mio babbino caro’

I know, you guys, I forgot Wednesday Music last week! It’s absurd! I actually did remember it, but didn’t have a piece in mind, so I didn’t write a post. Then I ended up forgetting.

I’ve had this week’s piece stuck in my head since last week. I can’t sing it because I don’t have the right voice for it, but I can play it on my violin. It sounds better sung, but isn’t too bad on the violin, if I don’t say so myself. 😉 The piece is “O mio babbino caro” from Giacomo Puccini’s opera Gianni Schicchi. Here’s a bit about it.

  • “O mio babbino caro” is a short soprano aria. In English, the title means “Oh my beloved father.”
  • The aria comes at a point in the opera when there are tensions between the title character, a man named Gianni Schicchi, and the Rinuccio family. Gianni Schicchi’s daughter Lauretta is in love with a boy from that family.
  • The piece is frequently performed on its own. And I’m pretty sure it was in a champagne commercial in the 1980s, with Kiri Te Kanawa singing. She’s my favorite soprano, so the recording I have in this post is of her singing it.

Enjoy! And even if you don’t like opera, I promise you might like this, as it’s quite lovely.

Or click here to see on YouTube.