Giacomo Puccini, ca. 1908, by A. Dupont (Library of Congress)
Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) is the most popular of all the operatic masters, and his works have had an enduring presence on stages from the late 19th century through the present. We know and love Puccini—but there is so much more to learn about him. Through films and recordings, Saul Lilienstein delves beyond the familiar to examine fascinating aspects of the life, career, and creative genius of this most famed and favorite of opera composers.
Refining His Craft
With Manon Lescaut, Puccini took on the challenge of Massenet’s popular opera Manon and filled the same story with Italian passion and great melodies. La Boheme came next, introducing an intimate and sensuous style reflecting the emotional lives of ordinary people.
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