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Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini

Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (Composer)

Born: 22nd December 1858, Lucca

Died: 29th November 1924, Brussels

Nationality: Italian

Giacomo Puccini was an Italian composer known primarily for his operas. Regarded as the greatest and most successful proponent of Italian opera after Verdi, he was descended from a long line of composers, stemming to the late-Baroque era. Though his early work was firmly rooted in traditional late-19th-century Romantic Italian opera he later developed his work in the realistic verismo style, of which he became one of the leading exponents.

His most renowned works are La bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), Madama Butterfly (1904), and Turandot (1924), all of which are among the most frequently performed and recorded of all operas.

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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