La Boheme (Overture Opera Guides in Association with the English National Opera (ENO))
By: Giacomo Puccini (author)Paperback
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Puccini's masterpiece "La boheme" is one of the most beloved and enduring operas of all time. In this guide, William Ashbrook evaluates the opera's initial reception, the reasons for its wide appeal and Verdi's influence on the composition. Nicholas John discusses the tortuous evolution of the libretto over the course of three and a half years and gives a synopsis, outlining the main themes of "La boheme". Edward Greenfield presents an essay on the musical structure and consistency of the opera, whose 'very accessibility tends to obscure the musical genius behind the score'. Finally, Joanna Richardson surveys the Parisian bohemians portrayed by Henry Murger, whose book formed the dramatic basis for Puccini's work. With over twenty photographs, a detailed thematic analysis, the original libretto with the facing literal translation and a comprehensive modern bibliography and discography, this guide is essential reading for anyone interested in the background to this opera, its themes and composition.
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) was born in Lucca into a family of musicians and composers. His operas, which include Tosca, La boheme, Madama Butterfly and Turandot, are among the most frequently performed in the international repertory.
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