Schicchi, Lauretta

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(Puccini: Gianni Schicchi). Sop. Daughter of Gianni Schicchi. She is in love with Rinuccio, but her father is very poor and Rinuccio's family are against their marriage. When Rinuccio's wealthy elderly cousin Buoso Donati dies, leaving his money to the local church, Rinuccio arranges for Gianni Schicchi to rewrite the will in favour of all Buoso's relatives on condition that they then agree to his marriage. Schicchi cleverly wills the fortune to himself, thus ensuring Lauretta's future, so she and Rinuccio can marry. Aria: O! Mio babbino caro (‘Oh! My dear little daddy’, more often translated as ‘O my beloved father’). Created (1918) by Florence Easton.

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