Oh My Dear Sweet Papa

How much I love this song cannot be estimated. I had known it all my life but only found out where it was from by going to a presentation of Puccini’s Il Trittico of which this is from the third and last of the one act operas – Gianni Schicchi – where in this song (I am going from memory here) the daughter of the house is asking her father to risk his life so that she can have a dowry to marry her beau. O mio babbino caro – Oh My Dear Sweet Papa – please get into that bed, pretend you are the deceased and get the notary to certify the will that you relate to him of the wealthy man who has just died. If you succeed, we get his money. If you are found out, they will take you out and boil you in oil. All ends happily but the song has heavy freight of both enormous risk and unspeakable fraud. But this nine year old singing it is unbelievable.

From Andrew Bolt.

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