The Romantic World of Puccini: A New Critical Appraisal of the Operas
By Iris J. Arnesen
Publisher: McFarland 2009 308 Pages
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Giacomo Puccini, composer of some of the world's most popular operas, including La Boheme, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, was also a highly literary person who based his librettos on existing works of literature. This work explores that literary inheritance in an effort to enhance the listener's appreciation of the operatic experience. The author argues that the majority of Puccini's operas compose a grand cycle that finds its roots in the romance genre of 12th century France, serving to celebrate the strong, independent heroine. Via a close examination of the source works, the librettos, and the scores, this book offers fresh perspective on Puccini's legacy.
About the Author
Iris J. Arnesen is a former CPA and currently an accounting manager for a multi-state firm. She is a lecturer on opera and the editor of The Opera Glass, a performing arts periodical covering opera, theatre, dance, and concert music.
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