I have to put up this video from America’s Got Talent for two reasons: it’s my absolute favorite operatic aria (O Mio Babbino Caro, from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi), and the person who sings it, Jackie Evancho, is ten years old. Her voice is absolutely unbelievable for someone that young.
(I hasten to add that I didn’t watch the show; this video is viral today).
Start at 1:45 to avoid all the introductory brouhaha. The song ends at 3:20.
My favorite recording of this aria is by Kiri Te Kanawa, which you can hear here.
Please Dame Kiri, can we have some more Puccini? Okay!