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from the one act Italian opera Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto: Giovacchino Forzano

Role: Lauretta, the daughter of Gianni Schicchi, in love with Rinuccio
Voice Part: soprano       Fach: lyric soprano
Setting: The bedroom of Buoso Donati, Florence, Italy, 1299
Synopsis: Buoso Donati has died and his relatives have found his will and discoverd that he has left all his money to the church. Furious, they do not know what to do. Rinuccio, who is in love with Lauretta but is forbidden to marry her unless he was left some of the inheritance, sends for Gianni Schicchi and Lauretta to see if they can help them. When the relatives find this out, they are furious and argue with Gianni Schicchi. Fed up, he starts to leave, but Lauretta stops him with this aria, singing that she loves Rinuccio and if doesn't help them, she will throw herself in the river and die.
Range: Tessitura:
D#/Eb4 - G#/Ab5F4 - G#/Ab5
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Giuseppe Cusmano (added 1998-02-18)
O mio babbino caro, Lauretta's aria from Gianni Schicchi

O mio babbino caro,		My dear father, 
mi piace è bello, bello;	I like him, he's beautiful, beautiful;
vo'andare in Porta Rossa	I want to go to Porta Rossa
a comperar l'anello!		and buy the ring!
Sì, sì, ci voglio andare!	Yes, yes, I want to go!
e se l'amassi indarno,		And if my love is in vain,
andrei sul Ponte Vecchio,	I would go upon Ponte Vecchio (the old Bridge in Florence),
ma per buttarmi in Arno!	only to jump in the Arno (the river in Florence)
Mi struggo e mi tormento!	I long for him and torment myself
O Dio, vorrei morir!		O God, I'd like to die!
Babbo, pietà, pietà!		Father, have pity, have pity!

Translated by Giuseppe Cusmano (
Sheet Music/Scores:
Larsen, Robert. Arias for Soprano. Published by G. Schirmer. Available at and
The Ultimate Soprano Aria Album (Version 2.0). Published by CD Sheet Music. Available at and
Anthology of Italian Opera - Soprano. Published by Ricordi. Available at and
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