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Links about Giacomo Puccini
About Giacomo Puccini
December 22nd marks the 160th birthday of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. Although Puccini's career began in the genre of traditional romantic Italian opera, his expertise was in composing realistic (verismo) operas.
Madama Butterfly, La bohème, Tosca and Turnadot are Puccini's most celebrated works, all of which are still performed regularly to this day. These operas, plus several of Puccini's other compositions, can be found in the MPAL collection on LP and CD. Several scores of Puccini's operas are located in the MPAL collections.
Please see the links in the left and right columns for more information about Giacomo Puccini and his works at the Music and Performing Arts Library.
Pictures from the Giacomo Puccini Exhibit
Items in collection
Madame Butterfly by
Call Number: ML410.B59 B37 2015
Publication Date: 1984-01-01
The English National Opera Guides were originally conceived in partnership with the English National Opera and edited by Nicholas John, the ENO's dramaturg, who died tragically in an accident in the Alps. Most of the guides are devoted to a single opera, which is described in detail--with many articles that cover its history and information about the composer and his times. The complete libretto is included in both the original language and in a modern singing translation--except where the opera was written in English. Each has a thematic guide to the most important musical themes in musical notation and each guide is lavishly illustrated. They also contain a bibliography and a discography which is updated at each reprint. The ENO guides are widely regarded as the best series of their kind and excellent value.
Puccini's la Boheme by
Call Number: DVD M1500 C376 2008
Publication Date: 2011-11-30
Next to Verdi's Aïda, Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème is the most popular opera ever written. Performances of Aïda, La Bohème, Carmen, and Don Giovanni -- the four operas most often performed -- constitute approximately 75 percent of the yearly schedule of operas throughout the world. This volume contains everything the opera goer needs to derive full satisfaction from La Bohème except the musical score itself. Most important, it provides the complete text of the Italian libretto, just as it is actually sung; that is, where a singer repeats a phrase several times, each of the repetitions is given here. And facing the Italian text is a completely new translation of the libretto into modern, idiomatic English. In addition to the libretto and English translation, this edition provides a careful, concise summary of the plot of La Bohème and a complete list of the opera's characters. There is also a brief, highly informative introduction by the translator that traces Puccini's masterpiece back to its source in Henry Murger's autobiographical novel La Vie Bohème, illuminating the early history of the opera and its later development. Opera lovers can use this book with their own recordings of the opera, read it before attending a performance, or can easily take it along to the performance itself. Those who have regretted the lack of a good, authentic, readable edition of the Italian libretto of La Bohème, and have complained of the stodginess of existing English translations, will recognize in this book a first-rate aid to the understanding of one of Puccini's most celebrated operas.
Il Trittico in Full Score by
Call Number: M1500 .B59J6B4 2000
Publication Date: 2004-06-23
A series of three highly individual one-act operas: "Il Tabarro," a somber, near-melodramatic tragedy; "Suor Angelica," a sentimental tragedy with strong melodies and a mystic theme; and "Gianni Schicchi," a delightful comedy, full of wit and vivacity, whose libretto was derived, surprisingly enough, from a few lines in Dante's Inferno.