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WELCOME TO OLLIS 28TH YEAR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER > COURSES/REGISTRATION > Full Course Catalog > All Courses

THE OPERAS OF PUCCINI   

Audiences love the operas of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. In this course we’ll immerse ourselves in La Boheme, Tosca, and Madam Butterfly - the ever-popular operas Puccini wrote around the turn of the 20th century - as well as his early success Manon Lescaut and later productions, The Girl of the Golden West, Il trittico, and Turandot. Puccini once described himself as “a mighty hunter of wild fowl, opera librettos, and attractive women”. We’ll consider the effect of his personal life on his work, particularly the great female roles he created, as well as his importance to ‘verismo’ (Italian realism). And yes, we’ll ask what makes the beauty of great hits like ‘Nessun dorma’ and ‘Vissi d’arte’. The course will deepen our love of Puccini.
 

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