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Read the translation of 'O mio babbino caro,' below first. The words have meaning. They beg for her father to permit marriage between a young gentleman and herself.

'Oh my dear papa,
I love him, he is handsome, handsome.
I want to go to Porta Rossa
To buy the ring!

Yes, yes, I want to go there!
And if my love were in vain,
I would go to the Ponte Vecchio
And throw myself in the Arno!

I am anguished and tormented!
Oh God, I'd like to die!
Papa, have pity, have pity!
Papa, have pity, have pity!'

 Then click on Cara O'Sullivan's image to hear her sing them in Italian.

Unless you understand Italian, the words you hear won't mean much. But, watching the video gives high emotive significance to whatever's being expressed, exceeding that of written words on their own. Exact reasons for this are unimportant. Moving the spirit is what its all about.

This is an example of what opera can do.

Cara Osullivan
             Cara O'Sullivan

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