A world-class soprano gave us a personal guide to Puccini’s ‘O mio babbino caro’

It’s one of the most famous pieces of music in the world – but how much do we actually know about this gorgeous aria? We asked a world-class soprano to talk us through the piece that she calls ‘a magic carpet ride of breath’.

O mio babbino caro Susanna Hurrell

Meet soprano Susanna Hurrell

Susanna Hurrell

She’s starring as Lauretta in Puccini’s opera Gianni Schicchi, which is being staged this month at the Royal Opera House (as part of the triple-bill 'Il triticco', alongside Il tabarro and Suor Angelica).

And Lauretta is the lucky character for whom Puccini wrote the gorgeous aria ‘O mio babbino caro.’ So we asked her to talk us through the piece.

What’s happening at this point in the opera?

And how does Lauretta feel at this point?

Part 1 of our listening guide to Puccini's 'O mio babbino caro'

We asked a world-class soprano to talk us through Puccini's iconic aria 'O mio babbino caro'…

Posted by Classic FM on Wednesday, 24 February 2016

 

 

Which part of the aria do you most look forward to singing?

Part 2 of our listening guide to Puccini's 'O mio babbino caro'

We asked a world-class soprano to give us a personal guide to Puccini's 'O mio babbino caro'

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What makes the aria so enjoyable to sing?

Part 3 of our listening guide to Puccini's 'O mio babbino caro'

We asked a top soprano to talk us through one of Puccini's most famous arias

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What’s the most challenging thing about singing ‘O mio babbino caro’?

Part 4 of our listening guide to Puccini's 'O mio babbino caro'

How much do you really know about 'O mio babbino caro'?

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And here she is – with pianist Jonathan Santagada – performing the whole thing.

Because we spoil you.

Puccini's 'O mio babbino caro' from Gianni Schicchi

The gorgeous 'O mio babbino caro' performed by Susanna Hurrell and pianist Jonathan Santagada…And you can see Susanna perform this as part of Puccini's triple-bill 'Il trittico' at Royal Opera House – opening this Friday: http://www.roh.org.uk/mixed-programmes/il-trittico

Posted by Classic FM on Wednesday, 24 February 2016

 

And if you want to see Susanna in action, Il trittico is on at the Royal Opera House 25th February – 15th March

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