Puccini’s darkest opera, Il Tabarro, is centered on the idea of passing time and it was heavily criticized for its crudeness and violence.
While Puccini’s fame is certainly due to his operatic works, there are some minor and not-so-minor compositions that were not destined to the stage.
La Rondine: an opera (not an operetta) built around dance that remains till today one of Puccini’s less performed works.
Poetic, aesthetic, real life: how much more than (just?) pretty melodies is in La Bohème? How did Puccini work on the original Murger’s work?
Giovanni Pascoli was one of the greatest Italian poets: an emblem of decadent poetry, his desire to collaborate with Puccini never materialized
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