…for a quick Puccini!
Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini was born on 22 December 1858 in Lucca, a small town in Tuscany to the north of Pisa. One of nine children and born into a local musical dynasty started by his great great grandfather (the head of the family held the position of maestro di cappella for 124 years) it was always thought that he too would one day follow in their footsteps.
Regarded as probably the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi, his greatest works include ‘Manon Lescaut’, ‘La boheme’, ‘Tosca’ and ‘Madama Butterfly’.
An avid smoker and lover of Toscano cigars and cigarettes he was diagnosed with throat cancer in late 1923 and died the following year whilst undergoing radiation therapy in Brussels on 29 November 1924.
Words and photographs Copyright © 2016 by Antony J Waller