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.
All big personalities are bound to split people’s opinions. Puccini had his detractors already at the time of La Boheme. He still does today.
Puccini had many passions in his life: aside from music, there were women, cigarettes and cars. Thank to him the first Italian cross-country car was born.
With an average of 600 productions per season, La Bohème is one of the most successful operas of all times. Did you know it had an extra act?
Suor Angelica was Puccini’s favorite of the 3 one-act operas forming his Triptych . Did you know that the ‘aria dei fiori’ was completely removed from the definitive edition?