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Puccini’s swansong has a claim to being the last great popular opera. Its melodies have enchanted audiences since its posthumous premiere in 1926, two years after Puccini’s death. It involves a chilling story of love and cruelty, an intriguing cast of characters against the exotic backdrop of Imperial China, magnificent choruses and ensembles, and dazzling orchestration in an exotic score that comprises a string of remarkable arias – among which the great tenor aria ‘Nessun dorma’ is the jewel. It is more than Puccini’s last opera: it is the last word, in every sense, on Italian opera.

Puccini’s swansong has a claim to being the last great popular opera. Its melodies have enchanted audiences since its posthumous premiere in 1926, two years after Puccini’s death. It involves a chilling story of love and cruelty, an intriguing cast of characters against the exotic backdrop of Imperial China, magnificent choruses and ensembles, and dazzling orchestration in an exotic score that comprises a string of remarkable arias – among which the great tenor aria ‘Nessun dorma’ is the jewel. It is more than Puccini’s last opera: it is the last word, in every sense, on Italian opera.
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Genres:

Music

Description:

Puccini’s swansong has a claim to being the last great popular opera. Its melodies have enchanted audiences since its posthumous premiere in 1926, two years after Puccini’s death. It involves a chilling story of love and cruelty, an intriguing cast of characters against the exotic backdrop of Imperial China, magnificent choruses and ensembles, and dazzling orchestration in an exotic score that comprises a string of remarkable arias – among which the great tenor aria ‘Nessun dorma’ is the jewel. It is more than Puccini’s last opera: it is the last word, in every sense, on Italian opera.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Timson

Length:

1h 19m


Chapters

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02:30

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:44


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:57


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:07


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:03