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Giacomo Puccini


Giacomo Puccini ( 22 December 1858 - 29 November 1924) was an Italian composer of opera who found success as Verdi’s career ended. His early operas followed the tradition of 19th century Italian opera, but incorporated contemporary elements from composers such Stravinsky and impressionists.

Puccini became one of the most notable figures of the "verismo" style in opera. Verismo was a post-Romantic style of opera which depicted everyday life of the lower class, and rejected the historical and mythological subjects that were central to operas of the Romantic era. Verismo was more realistic than the over-the-top drama of Romantic operas.


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This excerpt of the aria, "Mi chiamano Mimì," is from Puccini’s La bohème.


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