Tilde Carotini, an opera star in the late 1800s, beloved and internationally acclaimed, saw an extremely tragic end to her life.
Puccini’s darkest opera, Il Tabarro, is centered on the idea of passing time and it was heavily criticized for its crudeness and violence.
An oboe in South-American music? Who would have thought it could sound so charming?
While Puccini’s fame is certainly due to his operatic works, there are some minor and not-so-minor compositions that were not destined to the stage.
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