Calder Puccini Collection (Free UK del.)

By Giacomo Puccini

RRP: £25.00

A special collection of 4 librettos by Giacomo Puccini published in the John Calder series in association with English National Opera. Each contains specialist articles, the full libretto with English singing translation as used at ENO, numerous illustrations, a musical thematic guide, selective discography and bibliography.

La bohème

Contents: Some Aspects of La bohème by William Ashbrook; Romance and Irony by Nicholas John; The Music of La bohème by Edward Greenfield; Henry Murger and ‘La vie de bohème’ by Joanna Richardson

Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly)

Contents: Images of the Orient, John-Pierre Lehmann; Tribulations of a Score, Julian Smith; Madame Butterfly, John Luther Long; Madama Butterfly: Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi lllica after the book by John Luther Long and the play by David Belasco; Madam Butterfly: English version based on that of R.H. Elkin


Contents: Manifest Artifice by Bernard Williams; The Music of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ by Bernard Keffe; Historical Perspective on ‘Tosca’ by Stuart Woolf


Contents: The Genesis of the Opera, Mosco Carner; The Score, Mosco Carner; Puccini’s ‘Turandot’: A Fragment, Jürgen Maehder; Carlo Gozzi’s ‘Turandot’ and Its Transformation into Puccini’s Libretto, John Black; Memories of Performing ‘Turandot’, Eva Turner; Turandot: Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni; Turandot: English literal translation by William Weaver

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Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) was born in Lucca into a family of musicians and composers. His operas, which include Tosca, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly and Turandot, are among the most frequently performed in the international repertory.