O Mio Babbino Caro from "Gianni Schicchi" (arr Kreines)

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Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini (arr. Joseph Kreines)

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General Info

Year: 1918
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Publisher: Joseph Kreines
Cost: Score and Parts - $45.00


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Program Notes

Gianni Schicchi is a comic opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini composed in 1917-18. Based on an incident mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy, the work is the third and final installment of Puccini’s Ii trittico, three one-act operas with contrasting themes. Though originally written to be presented together, Gianni Schicchi continues to be performed alone or with one or both of the other trittico operas.

The aria 0 Mio Babbino Caro (O my dear papa) is one of Puccini’s most popular and is considered by some to be one of the greatest arias in opera. Sung by the principal female character Lauretta (soprano), the aria could be characterized as the only moment of genuine emotion and expression in a tale fraught with duplicity and misdirection. Lauretta pleads with her father to ease tensions with the family of her true love, Rinuccio.

-Program Note by the Westlake High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 21 December 2013

O Mio Babbino Caro (1918) is an aria from Puccini’s one act comic opera entitled Gianni Schicchi. Following the death of Buoso Donati, the cast is left to devise a plot to rewrite Buoso’s will. O mio babbino caro is the soprano aria sung by Lauretta as tension mounts and she may be forced to separate from her love interest, Rinuccio. O mio babbino caro is considered one of Puccini’s most famous arias and is a standard of vocal repertoire.

Oh my dear father,
I like him, he is very handsome.
I want to go to Porta Rossa
to buy the ring!
Yes, yes, I want to go there!
And if my love were in vain,
I would go to Ponte Vecchio
and throw myself in the Arno!
I am pining and I am tormented,
Oh God! I would want to die!
Daddy, have mercy, have mercy!
Daddy, have mercy, have mercy!

- Program Note by Lisa Preston for the Illinois State University Wind Symphony


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  • Normal (Ill.) West High School Wind Ensemble (Lisa Preston, conductor; Michele Vought, soprano) – 23 October 2015

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