Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Essential Opera - Reading Together - Part 16

Giacomo Puccini was an Italian composer who lived in the late 19th century and early 20th century. His operas are still frequently performed today.

Among his most famous operas are La Boheme, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, and Turandot.

This quote on Puccini's approach to La Boheme really stood out to me.
"Puccini once said that his success came from putting 'great sorrows in little souls.' His operas tell us that at some point in their lives, people everywhere, in all walks of life, endure the same trials: love and envy, loss and heartbreak. That's especially true in La Boheme, a story set among struggling artists in the Latin Quarter of Paris." (source)

For more resources on Puccini and his operas, check out this resource from NPR.

Leave your comments and impressions below. And, don't forget to read the seventeenth installment for next week.

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