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  1. 1. The Life and Operas of Giacomo Puccini Nicole Ball ED 205 Section 09 Quit
  2. 2. Contents <ul><li>Early Years </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>His First Opera </li></ul><ul><li>The Operas </li></ul><ul><li>Manon Lescaut </li></ul><ul><li>La boheme </li></ul><ul><li>Tosca </li></ul><ul><li>Madama Butterfly </li></ul><ul><li>Turandot </li></ul><ul><li>Death </li></ul><ul><li>Musicals based on Operas </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Author’s Slide </li></ul><ul><li>Concept Map </li></ul>Quit
  3. 3. Early Years <ul><li>Born on December 22, 1858 </li></ul><ul><li>Born in Lucca in Tuscany, Italy </li></ul><ul><li>Family was very musical </li></ul><ul><li>Father died when Puccini was five years old </li></ul>Quit
  4. 4. Education <ul><li>After his father died, Puccini went to study music with his uncle. </li></ul><ul><li>The uncle claimed that he was a poor student. </li></ul><ul><li>Studied composition at the Conservatory of Milan in 1880. </li></ul><ul><li>At the age of 21, he composed what he called his Messa. </li></ul>Quit
  5. 5. His First Opera <ul><li>Puccini composed his first opera as part of a competition in July of 1883 </li></ul><ul><li>His opera, Le Willis , didn’t place. </li></ul><ul><li>Puccini later revised this opera and called it Le Villa . </li></ul>Quit
  6. 6. The Operas <ul><li>Puccini wrote 12 operas in his lifetime. This powerpoint focuses on some of his most famous works </li></ul><ul><li>Manon Lescaut </li></ul><ul><li>La Boheme </li></ul><ul><li>Tosca </li></ul><ul><li>Madama Butterfly </li></ul><ul><li>Turandot </li></ul>Quit
  7. 7. Manon Lescaut <ul><li>Manon Lescaut was written in 1893. It tells the tragic story of Manon and Chevalier des Grieux. Puccini used musical elements from his Messa mass and from his other compositions for strings. </li></ul>Quit
  8. 8. La Boheme <ul><li>La Boheme was first performed in 1896. It tells the story of several bohemian artists who are trying to make their mark on Paris. La Boheme is one of Puccini’s most performed operas. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the picture to watch a video of the 57th Tony Awards performance by the cast of the revival of La Boheme </li></ul>Quit
  9. 9. Tosca <ul><li>Tosca premiered in 1900. It is the story of Floria Tosca, a famous, jealous singer and her lover, the painter Mario Cavaradossi. </li></ul>Quit
  10. 10. Madama Butterfly <ul><li>Madama Butterfly was first performed in 1904. It follows a Japanese geisha, called Butterfly, and her tumultuous marriage to the American Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton </li></ul>Quit
  11. 11. Turandot <ul><li>Turandot premiered in 1926, after the death of Puccini. He wasn’t able to finish it and the last two scenes had to be written by someone else. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the picture to see a video of Luciano Pavorotti singing “Nessun dorma”, one of the most famous arias in Turandot </li></ul>Quit
  12. 12. Death <ul><li>Puccini succumbed to throat cancer in 1923. He was given experimental radiation treatment and died of a heart attack on November 29, 1924, a day after surgery. </li></ul>Quit
  13. 13. Musicals Based on Operas <ul><li>Jonathan Larson’s Rent is based on La boheme </li></ul><ul><li>Claude-Michel Schonberg’s Miss Saigon is based on Madama Butterfly </li></ul><ul><li>Click here to see movie cast of Rent singing “Seasons of Love” </li></ul>Quit
  14. 14. Resources <ul><li>www.wikipedia.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.puccini.com </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures from www.wikipedia.com </li></ul><ul><li>Videos from www. youtube . com </li></ul>Quit
  15. 15. Author Slide My name is Nicole Ball and I’m a junior music education major at Grand Valley State University. I hope to become a high school choir director and music appreciation/history teacher when I graduate. My email address is [email_address] . gvsu . edu Quit
  16. 16. Concept Map Quit