Giacomo Puccini – Life Imitating Art

Time for a reprise of an earlier post as I am reminded today of the great Italian musician, Giacomo Puccini, whose colourisation I have also revised.

It was only 91 years ago on this day, that the curtain came down on one of Italy’s most famous sons. Heralded as one of the greatest operatic composers of the 19th century, Puccini’s personal life mirrored much of the drama of his melodramatic operas. A tumultuous life…was it a detriment to, or an inspiration for his music? You be the judge.

His popularity has not waned over the last nine decades as his music continues to be performed in the great opera houses of the world to the delight of millions of fans.

Read on to see what all the drama was about…

Random Phoughts

Day 206 of Colourisation Project – November 29

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

If there is any doubt as to whether life imitates art, you need delve no further than into the life of Italian composer, Giacomo Puccini.  Love, infidelity, jealousy, vengeance and death, – all staples of Puccini’s operas; but they were also the ingredients to another more palpable drama being played out in real life.

Puccini Bef & Aft Photo: Studio Bertieri – Giacomo Puccini – Colourised by Loredana Crupi

Giacomo Puccini is the most commercially successful opera composer there has ever been. His genius lay in his ability to write beautiful melodies that audiences responded to. Often ranked as one of the greatest exponents of operatic realism, Puccini’s operas include the ever popular, La Bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), and Madama Butterfly (1904). These operas are his most frequently performed…

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