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Conductor CHRISTOPHER MOULDSDirector VINCENT HUGUETSet Design AURÉLIE MAESTRECostume Design CAR...Show more
Conductor CHRISTOPHER MOULDSDirector VINCENT HUGUETSet Design AURÉLIE MAESTRECostume Design CAROLINE DE VIVAISELighting Design BERTRAND COUDERCChief Chorus Master VALERY BORISOVLibretto by Nahum Tate based on Book IV of Virgil’s AeneidPrologue by Maylis de KerangalPremiere 7 July 2018,Festival international d`art lyrique d`Aix-en-Provence (France) Full info
Conductor: Christopher Moulds
Opera company: Bolshoi Opera
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Conductor CHRISTOPHER MOULDSDirector VINCENT HUGUETSet Design AURÉLIE MAESTRECostume Design CAR...Show more
Conductor CHRISTOPHER MOULDSDirector VINCENT HUGUETSet Design AURÉLIE MAESTRECostume Design CAROLINE DE VIVAISELighting Design BERTRAND COUDERCChief Chorus Master VALERY BORISOVLibretto by Nahum Tate based on Book IV of Virgil’s AeneidPrologue by Maylis de KerangalPremiere 7 July 2018,Festival international d`art lyrique d`Aix-en-Provence (France) Full info
Conductor: Christopher Moulds
Opera company: Bolshoi Opera
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One of the most popular operas by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades, was composed in a very sho...Show more
One of the most popular operas by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades, was composed in a very short period of time and became a unique masterpiece reflecting its author’s preoccupation. Tchaikovsky accepted the commission to write an opera based on the short story by Alexander Pushkin in 1889. Herman, a poor officer, is desperately in love with Lisa, a heiress to the rich old Countess. One day he learns that the Countess knows the secret of the three winning cards. Herman becomes obsessed with obtaining the secret. He tries to find out the secret, however, the old lady dies of fright. The loss of hope drives Herman mad. Soon the ghost of the Countess appears and names the secret three cards: Three, Seven, Ace. The madman rushes to the casino. Passion overcomes reason: “What’s our life? A game!” The only gain of the miserable lover is death. Full info
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8
December
Sunday
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With participation of artists of La Scala Academy, Paris National Opera Academy,and Washington Natio...Show more
With participation of artists of La Scala Academy, Paris National Opera Academy,and Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.Conductor ALEXANDER SLADKOVSKY Full info
Baritone: Alexei Lavrov
Baritone: Andrei Kimach
Baritone: Ilya Kutyukhin
Baritone: Konstantin Suchkov
Tenor: Taras Prisyazhnyuk
Tenor: Vadim Babichuk
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Conductor CHRISTOPHER MOULDSDirector VINCENT HUGUETSet Design AURÉLIE MAESTRECostume Design CAR...Show more
Conductor CHRISTOPHER MOULDSDirector VINCENT HUGUETSet Design AURÉLIE MAESTRECostume Design CAROLINE DE VIVAISELighting Design BERTRAND COUDERCChief Chorus Master VALERY BORISOVLibretto by Nahum Tate based on Book IV of Virgil’s AeneidPrologue by Maylis de KerangalPremiere 7 July 2018,Festival international d`art lyrique d`Aix-en-Provence (France) Full info
Conductor: Christopher Moulds
Opera company: Bolshoi Opera
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Le nozze di Figaro had its premiere in 1786 at the Burgtheater in Vienna. Lorenzo da Ponte – with wh...Show more
Le nozze di Figaro had its premiere in 1786 at the Burgtheater in Vienna. Lorenzo da Ponte – with whom Mozart later collaborated on Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte – created the libretto. It was based on Pierre Beaumarchais’ controversial play Le Mariage de Figaro, which was banned in Vienna due to its seditious content. David McVicar’s acclaimed production sets the action in a French chateau in 1830 on the eve of revolution, amplifying the opera’s undercurrents of class tension. The entire household is drawn into the notoriously complex plot, which covers all shades of human emotion: spirited playfulness, such as when Figaro sends Cherubino off to war in ‘Non più andrai’, is combined with heartfelt despair, such as the Countess’s grief at her husband’s infidelity in 'Dove sono i bei momenti'. But affection and fidelity prevail in this most warm-hearted of operas: the Count’s plea for forgiveness in the final act, ‘Contessa, perdono’, is one of the most moving moments in opera. Full info
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9
December
Monday
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Giuseppe Verdi's Un ballo in maschera at the Mariinsky is ambitious show, staged by the famous f...Show more
Giuseppe Verdi's Un ballo in maschera at the Mariinsky is ambitious show, staged by the famous film director Andrei Konchalovsky was presented by the Mariinsky Theatre in the year 100th anniversary of the composer's death at the music festival in his name in Italy.The libretto is based on the assassination in 1792 of King Gustav III of Sweden who was killed as the result of a political conspiracy against him. He was shot while attending a masked ball. Full info
Baritone: Roman Burdenko
Mezzo soprano: Yekaterina Krapivina
Soprano: Irina Churilova
Soprano: Olga Pudova
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
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10
December
Tuesday
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"Betrothal in a Monastery is not just a magnificent production, it is a brilliant operatic work...Show more
"Betrothal in a Monastery is not just a magnificent production, it is a brilliant operatic work as well… It is a unique blend of Il barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola, and in terms of energy and glitter Prokofiev’s music is close to the operas of Rossini. It is clear that both the company and maestro Gergiev love this work… The opera “looks a million dollars”, which, indeed, is not so very far from the truth. If that is true, then the Mariinsky Theatre has spent its money wisely!"Dallas Morning News Full info
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12
December
Thursday
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Bass: Vladimir Komovich
Conductor: Keri-Lynn Wilson
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Soprano: Maria Lobanova
Tenor: Stanislav Mostovoy
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Regarded as one of the greatest operas ever written, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Fi...Show more
Regarded as one of the greatest operas ever written, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) is a screwball comedy complete with disguises, surprises, and compromises. Figaro, the wily barber and part-time matchmaker, has finally fallen in love. But, like everything else in his life, it's complicated. On the eve of Figaro’s marriage to Susanna, his master, Count Almaviva, sets his wandering eye on the lovely bride-to-be. Servant and master go head to head, and even the Countess Rosina gets in on the action when she learns of her husband’s desires. But is she embroiled in a dangerous liaison of her own? From the opening notes to the final curtain, Mozart’s score delivers a tangled love story with great farce and satire. Full info
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13
December
Friday
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The opera Pagliacci is an excellent opera to see. Pagliacci has all the elements of a successful ope...Show more
The opera Pagliacci is an excellent opera to see. Pagliacci has all the elements of a successful opera and provides a good introduction to what is the opera? Because of its popularity as an opera, Pagliacci pizza outlets have sprung up around the world. The Pagliacci pizza menu sometimes even mirrors the opera theme. In Italian, I Pagliacci means “Clowns”, whereas Il Pagliacci translates as “The Clowns”. For this reason, Pagliacci, the opera, is sometimes referred to as the Italian opera about clowns and is one of the most famous Italian operas. Full info
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The most lyrical Verdi’s work is La traviata, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils The Lady o...Show more
The most lyrical Verdi’s work is La traviata, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils The Lady of the Camellias. The title La traviata means literally The Fallen Woman, or perhaps more figuratively, The Woman Who Goes Astray. The title character of the play is Marguerite Gautier, who is based on Marie Duplessis, the real-life lover of author Dumas, fils. Duplessis was both a popular courtesan and the hostess of a salon, where politicians, writers, and artists gathered for socializing. Alexandre Dumas, père allegedly insisted on his son splitting up with Duplessis: and when he returned to Paris, she had already died of consumption. Since its debut as a play, numerous editions have been performed at theatres around the world. Giuseppe Verdi attended the Paris première of the play and soon turned to composing the opera. When Dumas, fils heard La traviata, he said: “Nobody would have remembered my Lady of the Camellias in 50 years but for Verdi, who made it immortal”. Full info
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
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14
December
Saturday
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Bass: Vladimir Komovich
Conductor: Keri-Lynn Wilson
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Soprano: Maria Lobanova
Tenor: Stanislav Mostovoy
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Tristan and Isolde (in German Tristan und Isolde) is an opera in 3 acts by the composer Richard Wagn...Show more
Tristan and Isolde (in German Tristan und Isolde) is an opera in 3 acts by the composer Richard Wagner.First performed in 1865, Tristan and Isolde is one of Wagner’s best loved operas. Based on a medieval legend, it’s a romantic tragedy of love and death, told through sublime music. Full info
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15
December
Sunday
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Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is a radiant example of Russian Lyric Opera. A deeply moving tale packed...Show more
Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is a radiant example of Russian Lyric Opera. A deeply moving tale packed with big tunes, dances and a heart-stopping duel. As with his ballets, Tchaikovsky brings many symphonic elements to the music, plush orchestrations and highly melodic arias. Onegin is a uniquely Russian opera with a universality that has made it globally popular. None of the characters are easy to associate with and yet the events and their actions ring horribly true. Full info
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16
December
Monday
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The libretto of the opera is based on the jewel of ancient Russian literature - The Tale of Igor's C...Show more
The libretto of the opera is based on the jewel of ancient Russian literature - The Tale of Igor's Campaign. Text and music were being written for 18 years but were finished by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov after the composer’s death. The opera also includes famous The Polovetsian Dances – a bright vocal-choreographic scene that has become a legend. For the 1890 premiere of Prince Igor the spirit of the wild dances was conveyed by choreographer Leo Ivanov, a co-author of the famous ballet Swan Lake. Full info
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17
December
Tuesday
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Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov is Russia’s national epic: a tale of splendour, suffering, and the all-to...Show more
Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov is Russia’s national epic: a tale of splendour, suffering, and the all-too human price of power. It’s one of the supreme achievements in Russian opera. If the Mariinsky is Russia’s national opera company, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov – premiered at the Mariinsky in 1874 - is surely Russia’s national opera. Certainly, few operas look more penetratingly at the soul of a nation: scenes of pageantry are undercut by private soul-searching and state-sanctioned murder. The opera paints Russia’s artistic self-image. Full info
Bass: Denis Makarov
Bass-baritone: Nikolai Kazansky
Conductor: Tugan Sokhiev
Soprano: Agunda Kulaeva
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18
December
Wednesday
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Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov is Russia’s national epic: a tale of splendour, suffering, and the all-to...Show more
Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov is Russia’s national epic: a tale of splendour, suffering, and the all-too human price of power. It’s one of the supreme achievements in Russian opera. If the Mariinsky is Russia’s national opera company, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov – premiered at the Mariinsky in 1874 - is surely Russia’s national opera. Certainly, few operas look more penetratingly at the soul of a nation: scenes of pageantry are undercut by private soul-searching and state-sanctioned murder. The opera paints Russia’s artistic self-image. Full info
Baritone: Vasily Ladyuk
Baritone: Yuri Syrov
Mezzo soprano: Julia Mazurova
Mezzo soprano: Svetlana Shilova
Mezzo soprano: Yevgenia Segenyuk
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December
Thursday
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Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov is Russia’s national epic: a tale of splendour, suffering, and the all-to...Show more
Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov is Russia’s national epic: a tale of splendour, suffering, and the all-too human price of power. It’s one of the supreme achievements in Russian opera. If the Mariinsky is Russia’s national opera company, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov – premiered at the Mariinsky in 1874 - is surely Russia’s national opera. Certainly, few operas look more penetratingly at the soul of a nation: scenes of pageantry are undercut by private soul-searching and state-sanctioned murder. The opera paints Russia’s artistic self-image. Full info
Bass: Denis Makarov
Bass-baritone: Nikolai Kazansky
Conductor: Tugan Sokhiev
Soprano: Agunda Kulaeva
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This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love stor...Show more
This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story. Set in ancient Egypt and packed with magnificent choruses, complex ensembles, and elaborate ballets, Aida never loses sight of its three protagonists: Amneris, the proud daughter of the pharaoh; her slave, Aida, who is the princess of the rival kingdom of Ethiopia; and Radamès, the Egyptian warrior they both love. Few operas have matched Aida in its exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty, and perhaps no other has remained to the present day so unanimously appreciated by audiences and critics alike. Full info
Baritone: Edem Umerov
Mezzo soprano: Olga Savova
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
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December
Friday
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The death of French actress Adrienne Lecouvreur inspired many plays and operas, of which Francesco C...Show more
The death of French actress Adrienne Lecouvreur inspired many plays and operas, of which Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur is the finest and most enduring. The opera would become Cilea’s greatest success, renowned particularly for his heroine’s arias ‘Io son l’umile ancilla’ in Act I and ‘Poveri fiori’ in Act IV – though Cilea’s atmospheric and elegant score offers much more besides, with Maurizio’s aria ‘La dolcissima effigie sorridente’, the Act III ballet and Adriana’s intense spoken recitation at the end of that act particular highlights. Full info
Conductor: Migran Agadzhanyan
Mezzo soprano: Yulia Matochkina
Soprano: Irina Churilova
Composer: Francesco Cilea
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Musical director and conductor - Ara Karapetyan
Director - Lyudmila Naletova
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Musical director and conductor - Ara Karapetyan Director - Lyudmila Naletova Protagonists: Cio-Cio-San - Irina Arkadieva, Irina Vaschenko, Olga Guryakova Pinkerton - Akhmed Agadi, Roman Muravitsky, Mikhail Urusov Suzuki - Natalia Vladimireskaya, Elena Maximova, Margarita Mamsirova, Ella Feiginova Sharpless - Anatoly Loshak, Evgeny Polikanin Full info
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
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22
December
Sunday
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Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is a radiant example of Russian Lyric Opera. A deeply moving tale packed...Show more
Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is a radiant example of Russian Lyric Opera. A deeply moving tale packed with big tunes, dances and a heart-stopping duel. As with his ballets, Tchaikovsky brings many symphonic elements to the music, plush orchestrations and highly melodic arias. Onegin is a uniquely Russian opera with a universality that has made it globally popular. None of the characters are easy to associate with and yet the events and their actions ring horribly true. Full info
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24
December
Tuesday
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Bass: Vladimir Komovich
Conductor: Anton Grishanin
Mezzo soprano: Alina Chertash
Composer: Andrei Petrov
Conductor: Anton Grishanin
Mezzo soprano: Alina Chertash
Mezzo soprano: Yelena Novak
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December
Wednesday
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This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love stor...Show more
This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story. Set in ancient Egypt and packed with magnificent choruses, complex ensembles, and elaborate ballets, Aida never loses sight of its three protagonists: Amneris, the proud daughter of the pharaoh; her slave, Aida, who is the princess of the rival kingdom of Ethiopia; and Radamès, the Egyptian warrior they both love. Few operas have matched Aida in its exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty, and perhaps no other has remained to the present day so unanimously appreciated by audiences and critics alike. Full info
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
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Il Trovatore (The Troubadour) was one of Verdi’s best-loved operas even during the composer’s lifeti...Show more
Il Trovatore (The Troubadour) was one of Verdi’s best-loved operas even during the composer’s lifetime. The opera received a rapturous reception when it was performed for the first time on 19 January 1853 at the Teatro Apollo in Rome and Guiseppe Verdi himself called it his most popular work. Together with La Traviata and Rigoletto the opera is still one of Verdi’s most-performed and popular operas worldwide. The plot is set in the gloomy atmosphere of 15th century Spain and tells the romantic love story of Leonora and her troubadour Manrico. An opera full of love and hate, heroism and revenge. Full info
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
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26
December
Thursday
Conducted by Maestro Gergiev
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Levsha ("The Lefthander") is an opera (2013) by Rodion
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Levsha ("The Lefthander") is an opera (2013) by Rodion Shchedrin based on a story by the 19th-century Russian writer Nikolai Leskov.World premiere of the concert performance on 26 June 2013 and world stage premiere on 27 July 2013. Twice Grammy Award winner ("The best essay in contemporary academic music" 1997 and "The best work of contemporary composer of classical music" 2009) Rodion Shchedrin is a master of orchestration, combinations of sound, orchestral colors and sudden effects.The opera was commissioned by the Mariinsky Theatre and composed by Rodion Shchedrin to Maestro Gergiev’s 60th birthday.The composer speaks about his work:Leskov’s tale is an incredibly rich literary source for an opera plot. The plot of the tale itself is a grotesque exaggeration. What is it? Is it a Biblical parable, a farcical fairground myth, or an epic tale? The characters are vivid, luscious and contrasting. The Russian Emperors Alexander I and Nicholas I, the Winter Palace, the British Court — a buffonade and a tragedy. Laughter through tears... But if you look a little deeper then you can clearly see the artistic contradistinctions of two kinds of life — the rational British and the irrational Russian.And, finally, there is the protagonist. The cross-eyed illiterate artisan with “golden hands” from Tula. He is a condensed representation, I believe, of the most important and the most typical features of the Russian national character — innate talent, wit, self irony, indifference to human life and a pernicious love of alcohol. And the eternal Russian theme of power and the common man. The lack of need for genius in one’s own country. Full info
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This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story. Set in ancient Egypt and packed with magnificent choruses, complex ensembles, and elaborate ballets, Aida never loses sight of its three protagonists: Amneris, the proud daughter of the pharaoh; her slave, Aida, who is the princess of the rival kingdom of Ethiopia; and Radamès, the Egyptian warrior they both love. Few operas have matched Aida in its exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty, and perhaps no other has remained to the present day so unanimously appreciated by audiences and critics alike. Full info
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
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Conducted by Maestro Gergiev
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Verdi’s dark-hued Macbeth examines the corrosive consequences of tyranny. At the urging of his schem...Show more
Verdi’s dark-hued Macbeth examines the corrosive consequences of tyranny. At the urging of his scheming wife, Macbeth murders the king to claim the crown. His desperate and deadly reign of terror devastates his country and hastens his doom in this masterwork based upon Shakespeare’s classic thriller. Full info
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There are few productions in the world of opera that could compete with this lyrical drama. It is no...Show more
There are few productions in the world of opera that could compete with this lyrical drama. It is not pretentious, convoluted or emotional — here, the art of opera and the real world collide. It was not by chance that Puccini turned to the only book by Murger that survived its author: The composer knew the protagonists very well: at times, during his studies at the Milan Conservatory, he too had to go without food, just like them. Later, at the time of success and financial independence, he was a centre of the crowd of artists, painters and writers, nicknamed on his initiative ‘The Bohemian Club.’ The composer conceived the idea of the opera in 1893. The opera was created to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica (1853-1919) and Giuseppe Giacosa (1847-1906), yet it was Puccini who shaped the plan and sketched the characters of the protagonists, who differ from those in the original. Puccini was absorbed by the opera and started composing it in 1894, when the libretto wasn’t ready yet. Puccini wrote his opera La bohème contemporaneously with Leoncavallo’s own treatment of the same story. The rivalry ended in a quarrel. By the end of 1985 Puccini’s La bohème was ready and received its première on 1 February 1896 in Turin. Full info
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
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