Giacomo Puccini


Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) was an Italian composer best known for his operas La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot. Puccini drew inspiration from a wide range of literary sources, and his late Romantic music with its immortal melodies emphasised the strong characters, drama, and fast pace of his emotional operas, which remain today as popular as ever.

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  • 1858 - 1924
    Life of the Italian composer Giacomo Puccini.
  • 22 Dec 1858
    Giacomo Puccini is born in Lucca, Italy.
  • 1876
    Giacomo Puccini hears Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in Pisa and decides to become a composer of operas.
  • 1880
    Giacomo Puccini graduates from the Istituto Pacini in Lucca.
  • 1883
    Giacomo Puccini's opera Le villi (The Fairies) is staged at the Teatro dal Verme in Milan.
  • 1884
    Giacomo Puccini is given a contract by the music publisher Giulio Ricordi.
  • 1886
    Giacomo Puccini begins a relationship with Elvira Gemignani.
  • 1889
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera Edgar premieres at Milan’s La Scala theatre.
  • 1891
    Giacomo Puccini buys a villa in the small town of Torre del Lago near his native Lucca.
  • 1 Feb 1893
    Giacomo Puccini's opera Manon Lescaut premieres in Turin.
  • Feb 1896
    Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème (The Bohemian Girl) premieres at the Teatro Regio in Turin.
  • Jan 1900
    Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca premieres at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome.
  • 1904
    Giacomo Puccini marries Elvira Gemignani.
  • Feb 1904
    Giacomo Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly premieres in La Scala, Milan.
  • Dec 1910
    Giacomo Puccini's opera La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West) premieres at the New York Metropolitan Opera.
  • 1917
    Giacomo Puccini's opera La rondine (The Swallow) premieres in Monte Carlo.
  • Dec 1918
    Giacomo Puccini's triple opera Il trittico (The Triptych) premieres in New York.
  • 29 Nov 1924
    Giacomo Puccini dies of a heart attack in Brussels.
  • Apr 1926
    Giacomo Puccini's opera Turandot premieres at La Scala, Milan.