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.

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Saturday Night Music: Puccini

Everyone, I am so into the “Nessun dorma” aria from Puccini’s Turandot. It’s been stuck in my head all week, so I thought I’d share my new favorite rendition.

This video—but only the first three minutes or so of it—is an excellent performance. The soloist is Rusisan tenor Vladislav Golikov.

Click here to see on YouTube.

I actually discovered this excellent singer from a performance he had with the Red Army Choir (and like a true Russophile and music lover, I adore the Red Army Choir). You can view that video here—it’s the same piece, but the sound quality is slightly worse.

I hope all of you are having a nice evening (or morning, if you’re over in Europe). And any classical music fans out there, be sure to let me know what you favorite pieces are. I’m always looking to discover new music.

Super-Early Tuesday Music

Because what else is a person supposed to do after midnight on a Tuesday? Watch random YouTube videos, of course! Here’s one of my favorite recordings of “E lucevan le stelle” from Puccini’s Tosca, sung by Placido Domingo.

I think Puccini would have fit in well in Russia – those are some seriously depressing lyrics. Click here to read in literal English and poetically translated English.