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While Puccini wrote only twelve operas during a long life—three of them one-acters designed to be performed together—he has to be ranked today as the world’s most popular composer of opera. His La Bohème and Tosca are more frequently performed in the major opera houses than works by other composers, and Madame Butterfly and Manon Lescaut rank not far behind. What is the ex...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 22nd 1983 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 1981)
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Alexander Arsov
Charles Osborne

The Complete Operas of Puccini:
A Critical Guide

Victor Gollancz, Paperback, 1990.

8vo. 279 pp.

First published, 1981.
First published in Gollancz Paperbacks, 1990.

Contents*

Introduction

I. Le Villi [1884]
II. Edgar [1889]
III. Manon Lescaut [1893]
IV. La Boheme [1896]
V. Tosca [1900]
VI. Madama Butterfly [1904]
VII. La Fanciulla del West [1910]
VIII. La Rondine [1917]
IX. Il Tritico [1918]
- Il Tabarro
- Suor Angelica
- Gianni Schicchi
X. Turandot [1926]

Some Books Consulted
Index

* In square brac...more
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I must agree with a review below (written by a gentleman who appears to have wandered out of the 19th century) that Osborne's book presents a lot of challenges. He doesn't really seem to respond to Puccini very well, and I suspect he was the wrong choice for writing this book, at least from an emotional level. Like the "wrong kind" of fans - those who go along to something chiefly to diss it afterward, and discuss how it "should" be done (Wagnerites are the worst at this!) - as opposed to those...more
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