Giacomo Puccini

Fun Facts

  • Puccini was one of nine children.

  • Puccini and his family survived a serious automobile accident.

  • Puccini suffered from diabetes.

  • Hunting and cars were two of Puccini's interests.

  • Turandot, Puccini's final opera, was left unfinished, and the last two scenes were completed by Franco Alfano based on the composer's sketches.

  • As a young man, Puccini frequently had to pawn his possessions to cover basic expenses.

  • For Puccini's opera, La Bohème, his own life as a young man in Milan served as a source of inspiration for elements of the libretto.

  • Puccini is considered to be the greatest composer of Italian opera after the great Verdi.

  • Puccini received his education at Catholic schools and the Milan Conservatory.

  • News of Puccini's death reached Rome during a performance of his opera, La Bohème. The opera was immediately stopped, and the orchestra played Chopin's Funeral March for the stunned audience.

  • A heavy smoker, Puccini developed throat cancer, and died from complications from an experimental radiation treatment.

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