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Even though Puccini's one-act operas, especially Gianni Schicchi, are ensemble pieces, in the course of performance history individual solo scenes were extracted from the through-composed works, mostly for portrait albums and concerts: The two tenor »solos« from Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi, Michele's monologue (also heard in the alternate version on our playlist), Giorgetta's dream of a better life, Angelica's monologue Senza mamma and her suicide scene. The most prominent example, however, is Lauretta's O mio babbino caro - which, unfortunately, is often given in concerts divorced from its context, as a popular encore where one can once again show off one's beautiful voice. The Callas recording, however, leaves no doubt about what is at stake here: a daughter who wants to marry triggers her father with emotional blackmail (»If my love should be in vain, I will go to the Ponte Vecchio and throw myself into the Arno!«).

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