Giacomo Puccini http://wrti.org en 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Puccini, O mio babbino caro http://wrti.org/post/60th-anniversary-classical-cd-highlight-puccini-o-mio-babbino-caro <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">"O&nbsp;</span>mio<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">&nbsp;</span>babbino<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">&nbsp;</span>caro<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">," from Giacomo Puccini's </span><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">Gianni&nbsp;Schicchi</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, sung by soprano Miriam </span>Gauci<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, with the&nbsp;Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alexander </span>Rahbari<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, is featured on CD 2 in the </span>WRTI<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> </span>60th<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; ">The soprano aria "O mio babbino caro" (Oh, my dear Papa) from Puccini’s only comic opera <em>Gianni Schicchi</em>, is one of Puccini's best-known and popular arias in opera. It’s sung with lyrical simplicity by the young woman Lauretta against a backdrop of hypocrisy, jealousy, double-dealing, and feuding in medieval Florence, after tensions between her father Schicchi and the family of Rinuccio, the young man she loves, has reached a breaking point that threatens to separate her from Rinuccio.</p><div>Here, she expresses to her father her love for Rinuccio, and begs him to reconsider his feelings for the young man’s family, threatening to go to the Ponte Vecchio and throw herself into the Arno River if she can’t marry him. It’s a very persuasive plea, and dear Papa finds a way!</div><div> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 02:54:55 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 6438 at http://wrti.org 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Puccini, O mio babbino caro