Puccini (1858-1924)

Kaz writes about Puccini.

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“Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man’s faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements.” – Giacomo Puccini

One of the greatest of all opera composers, Puccini’s place in the hearts of Italian opera lovers is matched only by his great predecessor Verdi. According to the website Operabase, Verdi is the world’s most frequently performed opera composer as of the 2013-2014 season (3009 performances), with Puccini his closest rival (2062 performances); Verdi’s La traviata is the most commonly performed opera (659 performances), with Puccini’s La bohème and Tosca not far behind (522 and 479 performances respectively).

Puccini’s operas contain many of the genre’s most poignant dramatic moments. He succeeded in doing for the voice what Tchaikovsky accomplished for the orchestra – writing music that was not merely beautiful, but always masterfully building towards a thrilling denouement that sweeps the audience off its feet. Perhaps inspiration is the elusive ingredient required to compose these…

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