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Giacomo Puccini
(1858-1924)


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Massenet feels it as a Frenchman, with powder and minuets. I shall feel it as an Italian, with desperate passion.
-- Puccini, quoted in M Carner, Puccini (1974)

Puccini looks to me more like the heir of Verdi than any of his rivals.
-- George Bernard Shaw, writing of the première of Manon Lescaut in London, 1894

Shostakovich:
What do you think of Puccini?
Britten:
I think his operas are dreadful.
Shostakovich:
No, Ben, you are wrong. He wrote marvellous operas, but dreadful music.
-- Quoted in Lord Harewood, The Tongs and the Bones (1981)


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