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Articles tagged with "giacomo puccini"

Il trittico Musical Highlight: ‘O mio babbino caro’

11 February 2016

Lauretta’s lovely little aria is key in shaping the black comedy of Gianni Schicchi, the final opera in Puccini’s triptych.

Tosca Musical Highlight: The Te Deum

11 January 2016

A stunning musical depiction of Heaven and Hell closes Act I of Puccini's iconic Roman opera.

Opera Essentials: Tosca

31 December 2015

Our quick introduction to Puccini’s (not so) ‘shabby little shocker’, which features some of the composer’s most evocative music.

Holding up a mirror: How opera composers reflect community and society

19 November 2015

Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.

Women who win the day: Opera’s triumphant heroines


2 September 2015

Opera is (perhaps justly) infamous for killing off its heroines – we look at some of the women who buck the trend.

Puccini unpacked: A guide to one of the most-loved operatic composers

4 June 2015

The Italian composer created some of opera’s most enchanting romances.

Watch: Nicola Luisotti on Puccini – ‘You can learn more from one of Puccini’s scores than from books’

27 May 2015

The conductor discusses the composer’s deceptive genius, and how best to approach his operas.

Opera in the City of Love: Paris as muse

13 May 2015

Composers have been inspired by everything about the French capital – from its seediness to its troubled political history – but most of all by its air of romance.

Eastern Promises: The allure of the Orient in opera and ballet

27 March 2015

Composers and choreographers have long explored the difference in cultures between East and West.

Madama Butterfly Musical Highlight: The Humming Chorus

17 March 2015

Puccini describes Cio-Cio-San’s vigil, as she desperately awaits the return of Pinkerton, with a chorus of ethereal beauty.

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