For your listening/viewing pleasure on Father's Day, here are a couple passages from opera that are all about fatherly love and how it gets tested. (And here's a shout-out to my own fantastic father, Ken Smith, in Northern Virginia. Thanks for everything, including that joke you remembered yesterday and cracked up telling.)
One of the most moving musical expressions of fatherly love pours forth in Wotan's Farewell from the finale of Wagner's Die Walkure, when the angry god must punish his disobedient daughter, but clearly cannot banish her from his heart. Since I'm in Baltimore, I just have to choose a performance by ...
Baltimore native James Morris, a wonderfully sensitive Wotan.
After the Wagner, there's the melting O mio babbino caro from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, sung by a daughter turning on the sweetest of the sweet-talk to persuade her father to grant her desire. What father could resist this plea to 'daddy dear'? As for choosing among the many video options, I couldn't resist a particulaly lush, very slow performance by the indelible Montserrat Caballe.