Wednesday, January 29th 2020

Puccini Radio

Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy December 22, 1858 and died in Brussels, Belgium November 29, 1924.
His early work was rooted in the traditional late 19th century romantic italian opera. A man of superior talent, his work developed his style along the lines of the realistic verismo style of which he became one of the leading exponents. La Boheme, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly remain cherished gems of all opera fans today. One of his later works, La Fanciulla del West, was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera for Enrico Caruso and Emmy Destinn and performed in New York on December 10, 1919. Though it was a great success, it was criticized because of its compositional style employing few stand alone arias and tat very style still prevents it achieving the successes of his previously written operas. He went on to compose La Rondine, Il Trittico and finally Turandot. Puccini died before he completed Turandot and the last two scenes were completed by Franco Alfano, based on Puccini’s notes and sketches. In contrast to Fanciulla, Turandot contains a number of stand alone arias.

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