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What is it with this f**king brilliant Italian composers? Giacomo Puccini by Mario Nunes Vais Turando, Madama Butterfly (sappy as hell, still brings me to tears), Tosca....

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Visit the House Where Giacomo Puccini was Born

Puccini is memorialized by a bronze statue which stands outside his birthplace.

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Costumed performers take part in a dress rehearsal for Giacomo Puccini's Tosca ahead of the Israeli Opera Festival at Masada, June 1, 2015. According to the ancient historian Josephus, Masada was the site of a Roman siege that ended in 73 AD when hundreds of Jewish rebels committed mass suicide rather than fall as slaves to the Romans. Built by King Herod as a winter palace between 37-31 BC, Masada is a UNESCO World Heritage site...

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Antique Image – Lina Cavalieri – with Crown

April 8, 1908 Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (1858-1924) Italian composer whose operas include: La bohéme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Turandot

Maria Callas.....beautiful aria!! For me, she will always be the greatest operatic soprano of the 20th century. Her enormous, brilliant musical legacy is just now being being realized!