With the demise of her husband she was
then free to marry Puccini and so legitimize
the son they had together, Antonio. Puccini
died as a result of complications after
being diagnosed with throat cancer.
Giacomo Puccini Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1858 - 1924 *** Full Name: Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini *** Occupation: Italian Composer *** Date of Birth: Giacomo Puccini was born on December 22nd 1858 *** Place of Birth: Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy *** Family background: His father was Michele Puccini and his mother was Albini Magi. He came from a musical family going back several generations to his great-great-grandfather with whom he shared his name and all of whom studied music at Bologna *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with eight siblings in Lucca *** Education: Giacomo Puccini received his education at the seminary of San Michele in Luca followed by the seminary of the cathedral ***
Giacomo Puccini Fact 1:
Giacomo Puccini was born on December
22nd 1858 and during the 19th
century period in history when there
was much change across Europe and
the world, the first and second
French, Spanish, Chinese and Holy
Roman Empires all collapsed and
Europe would see two World Wars.
Giacomo Puccini Fact 7: His second opera, Edgar, was premiered at La Scala in April of 1889 and was probably only finished with the intervention of Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica.
Giacomo Puccini Fact 9: For his next three productions both Giacosa and Illica were both with Puccini and he wrote what would be his three most pieces, La boheme, Madam Butterfly and Tosca.
Giacomo Puccini Fact 8: Edgar would not be a success and Ricordi was pressured by his board to drop Puccini but he continued to offer his support.
Giacomo Puccini Fact 10:
In 1903 Puccini was involve in a car
accident and was seriously injured.
The car was driven by his chauffeur
and his wife, Elvira and their son,
Antonio were also in the car when it
off the road and flipped over. Both
mother and child were spared any
serious injury receiving only minor
scrapes and bruises, the chauffeur ,
thrown from the vehicle had a
serious broken leg while Puccini
himself was trapped under the car.
He also suffered a fracture to his
right leg but was pinned down on his
chest by the car itself.
Giacomo Puccini Fact 13: Giacosa died in 1906 and Ricordi passed away in 1912 which saw the end of a period of productivity in this career.
Giacomo Puccini Fact 14:
By 1923 Puccini began to complain of
sore throats. As a heavy chain
smoker of cigarettes as well as
cigars it was no great surprise when
he was diagnosed with throat cancer
and offered a new and experimental
radiation therapy treatment.
Influence & Legacy: Puccini’s operas are even more popular today than when they were written and are a regular part of the repertoire of many opera houses.
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