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Uploaded on Apr 11, 2010
The great Italian soprano Claudia Muzio (1889-1936) in Lauretta's aria "O mio babbino caro" from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. The recording was made in 1918 for Pathé. Between the late 1910s and early 1920s, Muzio was a leading soprano in the Italian wing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. It's worth noting that she created the role of Giorgetta in Il tabarro, in the world première of Puccini's triple-bill, Il trittico, on 14 December 1918 at the Metropolitan Opera (Meanwhile, the role of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi was created by Florence Easton on the same day).
The English translation of the sung text is written by Giuseppe Cusmano (www.aria-database.com/translations/gianni2_omio.txt)