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Giacomo Puccini (Uncredited)

Giacomo Puccini

Puccini emerged into the twentieth century music world as the "King of Verismo," not through the conducting background of Mascagni or through the skilled compositional ability of Giordano, but as a master of theater. Puccini wrote solely for the operatic stage and he understood the dramatic intensity and melodic poignancy of real life subject matter. Critics have sometimes dismissed his work as overly impassioned, melodramatic, and sentimental. The composer himself proclaimed, "The only music I can make is that of small things," although he admired the grander stylistic abilities of Verdi and Wagner. Despite that admiration, Puccini chose to concentrate on life's familiar bittersweet passions and intense emotional storms.

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WNO Commentary: Manon Lescaut 8 of 8: Act Four - By New Orleans: Love and death in America (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Puccini's Manon Lescaut, featuring insights about the music and history. The WNO's production of Manon Lescaut is running from March 2nd to 23rd, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.

WNO Commentary: Manon Lescaut 7 of 8: Act Three - At Le Havre: A square near the harbor (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Puccini's Manon Lescaut, featuring insights about the music and history. The WNO's production of Manon Lescaut is running from March 2nd to 23rd, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.

WNO Commentary: Manon Lescaut 6 of 8: Act Two - In Paris: Manon Lescaut and Des Grieux (audio only)

Musicologist Saul Lilienstein offers his commentary on Puccini's Manon Lescaut, featuring insights about the music and history. The WNO's production of Manon Lescaut is running from March 2nd to 23rd, 2013. Musical excerpts used courtesy of EMI Classics.

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