“O Mio Babbino Caro” (“Oh my beloved father”) is a
popular aria from Giacomo Puccini's 1918 opera Gianni
Schicchi. It is sung by Lauretta after tensions between
her father (Gianni Schicchi) and his prospective
in-laws have reached a breaking point that threatens to
separate her from Rinuccio, the boy she loves. The aria
provides a contrasting interlude expressing lyrical
simplicity and single-hearted love in the atmosphere of
hypocrisy, jealousy and double-dealing of medieval
Florence, where Puccini's only comedy is set.
All the most famous sopranos of the 20th century have
performed this aria, including Maria Callas, Renata
Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,
Kathleen Battle, Renée Fleming and many others. It has
also become in demand with popular music sopranos such
as Sarah Brightman, Charlotte Church, and Hayley
Westenra. Violinist Joshua Bell also has produced a
recording of it. James Ivory's 1985 adaptation of E.M.
Forster's novel A Room with a View uses the aria as the
I created this arrangement of the Aria for Viola &
Concert (Pedal) Harp.