"O mio babbino caro" ("Oh My Beloved Father") is a soprano aria from the opera Gianni Schicchi (1918) by Giacomo Puccini to a libretto by Giovacchino Forzano. It is sung by Lauretta after tensions between her father Schicchi and the family of Rinuccio, the boy she loves, have reached a breaking point that threatens to separate her from Rinuccio. Here are some suggestions from PianoVoiceOpera staff on how to approach better the study of this aria. Continue Reading...
O mio babbino caro - Interpretation Tips
While singing this aria, remember that it belongs to a comic opera and none of what you say could be true! But if you think that Lauretta is trying to convince her father to do what she wants, bringing up serious argumentations, knowing that she can manipulate her father Schicchi as she wants, your expressiveness will definitely become more sympathetic and interesting. Actually you are playing the role (Lauretta) of a capricious girl, as is clear in the quartet where Lauretta does nothing but repeat "Dad, Dad I want it..." as she is asking for a toy.
O mio babbino caro - Tech Tips
From a technical point of view, the aria you are facing is not complex. Well, I have 2 simple tips for you:
- Do not sing it with a too slow Tempo, this is not Vissi d'Arte! A lively Tempo will make this aria much smooth and bright.
- Set your mind ready for the high notes before the Ab, then do the same while you're singing the high notes. This will avoid the unnecessary Portamento and will help you not to tight these high notes. Often, when studying this aria, young singers aren't yet ready for high notes. If you are not a high-notes expert soprano, pay attention not to tight the notes on the octave jump.
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O mio babbino caro - Listening Suggestions
We believe that listening to great singers is always the best way to improve your technique and style. do not try to do what they do while singing (each of us is unique and unrepeatable and what is good for the great singers may not work well for you!), just listen to the sound and try to reproduce it with your voice! Use our files and tracks to study the song and record yourself. Listening to yourself singing is always a good place to start.
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