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Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini

Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (1858-1924)

Composer

Giacomo Puccini has been described as "the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi", and his operas are some of the most popular and frequently-performed of all time, including Tosca, La bohème, Madama Butterfly and Turandot. He is known for his astonishing gift for melody, matched by a strong theatrical sense and rich harmonisation and orchestration. Puccini contracted throat cancer towards the end of 1923, and died the following year from complications after an experimental radiation therapy treatment. His final opera, Turandot, was left unfinished, and was subsequently completed by his contemporary, Franco Alfano, as well as more recently in an alternative version by Luciano Berio.

Further Reading: Puccini

 Interview, Ermonela Jaho on Le Willis

The Albanian soprano talks to Katherine about singing the role of Anna on Sir Mark Elder's recording of Puccini's first opera in its original one-act incarnation, released tomorrow on Opera Rara.

 Interview, Angela Gheorghiu on Tosca and Eternamente

Katherine talks to the Romanian soprano about returning to one of her signature-roles at Covent Garden this week, and her new album of verismo arias on Warner Classics.

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