Special Sub-Topic: Puccini, His Life And Work
|Puccini was of course born in Italy, but what town was he born in?|
Lucca & lucca. Lucca is a walled city in Tuscany, a short distance from Pisa.
|Puccini was born in 1858, on what date was he born?|
|We know him mainly as Giacomo Puccini, but he has no less than 5 middle names. Out of the folowing choices pick the one which is among the 5 in his name.|
Michele. His full name is Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini. Michele (mee-KEH-leh) Was his fathers name, Domenico his grandfathers, Domenico his great-grandfathers and so on...
|In 1880, aided with a grant from the Queen, Puccini went to the Milan Conservatory where he studied composition with whom?|
Ponchielli. His father was a musician but died when Giacomo was around 6 years old.
|His teacher urged Puccini to write a one act opera for submission in a competition for the music publisher Sonzogno, the result was Le Villi. What one act opera won the competition?|
Cavalleria Rusticana. Mascagni was also a student of Ponchielli's for a time at the Milan Conservatory.
|All of the following are operas of Puccini except which?|
Manon. Puccini's Manon Lescaut was actually the third opera based on the novel of the same name by Prevost. Massenet's 'Manon' was the second.
|Puccini wrote many wonderful and powerful arias for women, but one of his most famous he grew to dislike. What was it?|
Vissi D'arte. Puccini felt Tosca's aria interrupted the drama of the second act.
|When Puccini heard this singer audition for him his reaction was 'Who sent you to me, God?' Who is this singer?|
Enrico Caruso. Caruso's powerful voice complemented Puccini's writing very well.
|Puccini died before he finished writing Turandot, arguably his greatest masterpiece. Who completed the writting of Turandot?|
Franco Alfano. Alfano was an opera composer himself, but is mainly known for finishing Turandot from Puccini's sketches.
|Puccini died in Brussels on November 29, 1924. What did he die of?|
throat cancer. He died after surgery for throat cancer. His voice was always rough and husky. The man who wrote so many beautiful songs was nicknamed 'Brutta voce' (ugly voice).
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