Giacomo Puccini

Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini famous for La bohème, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Turandot, and Madama Butterfly.

Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (Dec 22, 1858 - Nov 29, 1924), was an Italian composer born into a family of musicians in Lucca. He is famous for operas including La boheme Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, and the unfinished Turandot, all popular to this day.

Some of his melodies, such as "O mio babbino caro" from his comedic one-act masterpiece Gianni Schicchi,  and "Nessun dorma" from Turandot, popularized by the tenor Luciano Pavarotti, have become part of our modern culture.

Here's "O mio babbino caro" interpreted by Montserrat Caballe in concert, Munich, 1990.

Below, Puccini's "Nessun dorma" from Turandot, interpreted by tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

Puccini's operas combine exotic plots with elements of realism (verismo.) Having been one of the few operatic composers to successfully use both Italian and German operatic techniques, Puccini is regarded as the successor of Giuseppe Verdi.

Puccini's first success came with Manon Lescaut at Turin in 1893.

Video Credits:
Montserrat Caballe - O mio babbino caro.  Uploaded by LadyArmide. Accessed August 20, 2017.

"O mio babbino caro (Italian and English Subs) Ann-Mette Elten."  Uploaded by Kim Ho. Accessed December 22, 2016. (Sorry, embedding disallowed upon request.)

Pavarotti - Nessun Dorma 1994 (High Quality with Lyrics). Uploaded by Frank Zhang. Accessed  December 22, 2016. 

The Grove Concise Dictionary of Music, New Updated Edition. Edited by Stanley Sadie. London: Macmillan Publishers, 1994

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