Giacomo Puccini

A Brief History of Italian Opera

Around the year 1600, Italian composers started writing theater pieces that use music all the way through them. Instead of speaking, characters in operas sing their lines. From Claudio Monteverdi, who wrote the earliest opera that is still performed, through Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini, Italy has produced some of the world's finest opera composers.

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Music In This Episode

LOrfeo

Guilio Cesare - Da tempeste

Don Giovanni Fin ch han dal vino

Barber of Seville Una voce poco fa

Lucia di Lammermoor - Sextet

Norma - Mira o Norma

La Traviata Sempre Libre

Cavalleria Rusticana Intermezzo

I Pagliacci Vesta la giubba

La Boheme Musettas Waltz