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Last Week's Question

Question: Puccini’s celebrated opera La Bohème had its première performance in 1896 in Turin. One of his contemporaries also wrote a version of La Bohème, which premièred in Venice the following year. Name that composer.

Answer: Ruggero Leoncavallo

Prize details:

CD: Jonas Kaufmann: The Age of Puccini. It’s a selection of arias and duets by Puccini and his contemporaries, including Giardano, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli and Cilea. He’s joined on different tracks by the Prague Philharmonic under Marco Armiliato, the Giuseppe Verdi Chorus & Orch, Milan, also under Armiliato, and the St Cecilia National Academy Orch, Rome under Antonio Pappano. The CD was released in August on the Decca label.

During the late nineteenth century, Italian opera went through an important transition from Verdi to the giovane scuola or “young school”. Puccini was one of its leading figures. They were responding to the naturalism that had emerged in French literature, its main exponents being Zola and Maupassant, who wrote about working class characters. Many of the works on this CD are in the verismo style – “verism” being the idea of realism and naturalism in the arts. Mascagni’s one-act opera Cavalleria Rusticana is one such example. Verismo opera is distinguished by compressing of the melodic lines, avoidance of vocal display and a musical urgency.

The New York Times described Kaufmann as “the tenor who wants to sing it all” and he has become renowned for his ability to straddle the Italianate and German repertoires. In April 2010 he was the first German tenor to sing the role of Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in over 100 years. He recently appeared at the Last Night of the Proms, singing arias by Puccini and Lehár, as well as giving rousing rendition of Rule Britannia. He’ll soon be appearing on cinema screens worldwide in a concert film called Jonas Kaufmann – An Evening With Puccini. It was filmed at La Scala Milan on June 14. It includes an introduction to Puccini’s life and music, narrated by Kaufmann himself.

The Age of Puccini: Jonas Kaufmann (Decca 478 8746)


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