"began to sing "O Mio Babbino Caro""
Poster advertising Puccini's opera Gianni Schicchi (probably to coincide with the Italian premiere on 11 January 1919)
Public DomainPoster advertising Puccini's opera Gianni Schicchi (probably to coincide with the Italian premiere on 11 January 1919) - Credit: Leopoldo Metlicovitz

‘O mio babbino caro’ (‘Oh My Beloved Father’) is a soprano aria from Giacomo Puccini’s 1918 opera Gianni Schicchi. It is sung by the opera’s heroine Lauretta at a moment when escalating tensions between her father and the family of her beloved Rinuccio threaten to separate the two young lovers.

Florence Easton as Lauretta at the world premiere of Gianni Schicchi (14 December 1918)
Public DomainFlorence Easton as Lauretta at the 1918 world premiere of Gianni Schicchi - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The opera was first performed on 14 December 1918 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, with the English soprano Florence Easton as Lauretta. For many, though, the definitive performance of 'O mio babbino caro' belongs to the American-Greek soprano Maria Callas.