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'O mio babbino caro' from Gianni Schicchi (Ekaterina Siurina, The Royal Opera)

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Ekaterina Siurina as Lauretta sings this much-loved aria from Gianni Schicchi, the third of Puccini's trio of operas, Il trittico. Recorded at the Royal Opera House in 2011. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/gianni-schicchi-by-richard-jones Giacomo Puccini created Gianni Schicchi – the final work in his contrasting triple bill of operas, Il trittico – from a ‘desire to laugh and make others laugh’. It is his last comedy and its robust humour recalls some of the great Italian comic operas of the 19th century, such as Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff. Puccini based the opera on a passage from Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, and engaged writer Giovacchino Forzano to create the libretto. Richard Jones’s production places the action in Italy in the mid-20th century and John Macfarlane’s designs provide a lively backdrop for the twists and turns of the plot. The score displays a kaleidoscope of different musical styles, including Lauretta’s famous aria, ‘O mio babbino caro’, in which she begs her father to intervene to help her marry her sweetheart Rinuccio, and the grand comic ensemble in which Schicchi impersonates the dying Buoso and remakes his will.