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Articles tagged with "giacomo puccini"

From Moscow to Peking via Nuremburg: how opera uses folk music

15 March 2017

From traditional Japanese folk music to mysterious Spanish popular songs, opera has long been drawing on national music to explore 'exotic' cultures and celebrate national traditions.

10 of opera's greatest bass-baritone roles

30 January 2017

From devils and rogues, to lovers and rulers – who says tenors have to have all the fun?

Why Manon Lescaut launched Puccini into operatic stardom

6 December 2016

After erratic progress, Puccini’s third opera led the way for the subsequent triumphs of La bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly.

Puccini’s Manon Lescaut musical highlight: The intermezzo

17 November 2016

Even without vocals, Puccini's music still packs a remarkably powerful punch.

Opera Essentials: Puccini’s Manon Lescaut

22 October 2016

A quick guide to Puccini's first triumph.

10 of opera's greatest soprano roles

15 September 2016

From the Queen of the Night to Turandot by way of Norma and Brünnhilde, we round up some of opera’s most devilishly difficult soprano roles.

A three-course meal: Puccini’s Il trittico and the tradition of piecing short operas together

19 February 2016

Like a collection of short stories or the B-movies of the 1940s and 50s, grouping operas together allows us to appreciate their contrasts.

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.

Opera Essentials: Il trittico

10 February 2016

Our quick introduction to Puccini’s trio of short operas, bringing together the dramatic, tragic and comedic best of this giant of Italian opera.

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.

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