Puccini’s Travels: Western Europe

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This chapter is the first of three to consider Puccini’s travels, both for work and leisure. It covers his travels in western Europe, particularly in France and Great Britain, assessing the importance of Paris and London as key centres for the performance of Puccini’s works. Both cities had had long and vibrant traditions of importing musical works from other European countries; Paris also had a flourishing operatic culture of its own. Puccini visited both cities regularly from the mid-1890s, often to supervise the production of his works. London became particularly important for Puccini when Manon Lescaut was launched at Covent Garden in 1894; a few years later he would visit Manchester for the British premiere of La bohème. Visiting Paris for business allowed Puccini the opportunity to hear new works by other leading European composers of the day, including Debussy and Stravinsky. It was also a place of refuge for him at a time of personal crisis. The chapter records Puccini’s thoughts about these and other European cities, not all of which were flattering. It concludes with a discussion of his death in Brussels in 1924.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPuccini in Context
EditorsAlexandra Wilson
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781108891028
ISBN (Print)9781108835589
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

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NameComposers in Context
PublisherCambridge University Press


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