Notes & Reviews:
These informative programs are a concise overview of the composer's life and times, filmed on location in the cities and places that influenced their works. Also included in a detailed list of each composer's most significant musical compositions.
The composer of some of the world's best loved operas, Puccini's gifts were primarily theatrical. He had a great feeling for the stage and the sound of instrumental colors, combined with a well-developed melodic sense. Inspired by Verdi, he focused his attention on the Italian dramatic traditions.
He won fame and fortune for Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca and Madame Butterfly. Turandot also achieved great success and critical acclaim. La Fanciulla del West was written for the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and first presented there in 1910.