66. Turandot (Giacomo Puccini)

Lyric drama in 3 acts and 5 scenesComposer: Giacomo PucciniLibrettists: Giuseppe Adami & Renato Simoni, after Carlo Gozzi's commedia dell'arte Chinoiserie Turandotte (1762)First performed: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 25 April 1926Turandot was Puccini's last opera: a dream-like work set in Ancient China about a frigid princess who beheads her suitors, a nameless prince, a masochistic slave-girl, … Continue reading 66. Turandot (Giacomo Puccini)

60. La Bohème (Giacomo Puccini)

Opera in 4 actsBy Giacomo PucciniLibretto: Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica, after Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henry Murger (1851)First performed: Teatro Rugin, Turin, 1 February 1896, conducted by Arturo ToscaniniSTORYRODOLFO, a poet (tenor)MARCELLO, a painter (baritone)SCHAUNARD, a musician (baritone)COLLINE, a philosopher (bass)MIMI (soprano)MUSETTA (soprano)SETTING: Paris, about 1830Synopsis based on English language translation by W. Grist and P. Pinkerton, G. Ricordi & … Continue reading 60. La Bohème (Giacomo Puccini)

20. Tosca (Giacomo Puccini)

Melodrama in 3 actsBy Giacomo PucciniLibretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, after Victorien Sardou's play La Tosca (1887)First performed : Teatro Costanzi, Rome, 14 January 1900STORYFloria TOSCA, famous singer (soprano)Mario CAVARADOSSI, painter (tenor)Il Barone SCARPIA, Head of the Police (baritone)SETTING: Rome, June 1800Synopsis, based on English version by W. Beatty-Kingston, G. Ricordi & Co., New York, 1905ACT IThe Church … Continue reading 20. Tosca (Giacomo Puccini)