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It’s interesting to see how much time Puccini dedicated to research between one opera and another: here is a timeline of Puccini’s stage works
Plinio Nomellini was one of the most important Tuscan painters: in 1902 he moved to Torre del Lago and became a close friend of Puccini
After the flop at La Scala, Madama Butterfly was revised and quickly became one of the most popular operas in history.
Manon Lescaut is the first mature opera of Giacomo Puccini: a masterpiece that left a profound trace in Italian verismo.
Puccini worked with many librettists over the course of his career. But there is no doubt that his collaboration with Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa was one of the most fruitful in music history.
Puccini thrived in a turbulent historical context: Italy was facing many problems after its unification, but the whole Europe was in crisis.
Gianni Schicchi is Puccini’s only comedy. A one act opera, part of the triptych, with which the composer always had a love/hate relationship.
La Fanciulla del West is regarded as a turning point in Puccini’s work. Is it? Or is it simply the natural prosecution of a path that began with Butterfly?
Often criticized by Puccini himself, Edgar never entered the standard repertoire. But there must be some good in it if Toscanini chose it to be played at Puccini’s funeral.