giacomo puccini

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 Monteverdi, Brahms and Palestrina are all wonderful. If I hear their music after I die, I'll know I made it to heaven ... big "if."

But sometimes, you have to get down and dirty.  

Sony Classical has purchased the old RCA Red Seal catalog of recordings made in the 1960s and '70s, and many of these are being brought back after many years.

promo photo for Opera Project Columbus' production of Suor Angelica
Opera Project Columbus

Opera Project Columbus, conducted by Alessandro Siciliani, presents Giacomo Puccini's one-act opera Suor Angelica in the Lincoln Theatre, Friday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 10.

The Ohio State University Opera and Lyric Theatre presents Giacomo Puccini's s La Rondine "The Swallow" in Mershon Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2. Mark Lane Swanson conducts. The production is staged by Opera and Lyric Theatre director A. Scott Parry.

Giacomo Puccini's opera La fanciulla del West had its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in New York on December 10, 1910. Arturo Toscanini conducted. Moravian soprano Emmy Destinn took the title role, with Enrico Caruso as Dick Johnson and Pasquale Amato as Sheriff Jack Rance. The miners inhabiting the camps during the California gold rush of the 1840s were assorted French, Italian and German artists who who filled the Met's roster in those days. Some went on to great careers in leads: Dinh Gilly, Adamo Didur and Antonio Pini-Corsi among them.

I should always have such problems. In planning a broadcast of Opera Columbus's recent production of Puccini's Turandot, I found myself with about ninety minutes of leftover air time. Usually I try to play a lot of the new release aria CDs, and lately there have been some sensational titles from Christine Brewer, Marcel Alvarez, Elina Garanca, Juan Diego Florez and more. But for Turandot I thought, this is Puccini's last opera. Why not play his first?