Friday, November 20, 2009

"O Mio Babbino Caro"

I don't post Opera much, but this is a good one.

You've probably heard "O Mio Babbino Caro" before - it's a favorite of many dramatic female singers, operatic or otherwise. It was also featured in the TV commercials for the video game Grand Theft Auto 3.

You don't often get to see it performed in its original context, however - as part of the 1918 opera Gianni Schicchi.

Today's clip
is from a televised performance of that opera. The soprano's name is Olga Mykytenko, and she is magnificent. It's one of those live theater moments that really grabs you.

(Feel free to bail after 2:25.)