021) Giacomo Puccini: The Last of the Great Composers from the Golden Age of Italian Opera

Giacomo Puccini – whose works spanned all of the 19th century through the early 20th century, ending in 1926 with the premiere performance of Turandot. We will explore Puccini’s life and his operas, from his earliest days as a student in Milan to his relationship with the Recordi publishing house and Arturo Toscanini. There will be an in-depth discussion on Madama Butterfly. Together we will view video excerpts of Puccini’s operas.