Giacomo Puccini

Italian opera composer, among the important composers of the turn of the XX century. Born in Lucca, in the Tuscany Region.

Puccini was a visionary, with the use of modals passages and polytonal resources, and tonality and atonality as elements for effect defined by the dramatic needs of the text.

Was one of the few opera composers able to brilliantly use both the Italian and German operatic techniques. He is considered Vedi’s natural successor. Some of his melodies form part of the everyday popular culture.

His operas, in chronological order, are: Le Villi (1884), Edgar (1889)Manon Lescaut (1893), La Bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), Madama Butterfly (1904), La Fanciulla del West (1910), La Rondine (1917), Il Trittico: Il Tabarro, Sour Angélica and Gianni Schicchi (1918) and Turandot (1926). 

Aside his twelve operas, Puccini wrote other notable pieces, as his Messa di Gloria, an Hymn to Rome, a Capriccio sinfonica, two symphonic preludes and three minuets for chord quartet.