‘My Butterfly Will Not Die!’ Why has Puccini remained so popular?

This spring season, English Touring Opera performs Giacomo Puccini’s Il tabarro & Gianni Schicchi all around the United Kingdom. Along with the two selections from Il Trittico (1918), this great Italian composer has written some of the world’s most popular operas: La bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), Madama Butterfly (1904), and the famously unfinished Turandot (1926). Resident […]

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Music for the Masses

Our part of the score, with my annotations above the score line on how it should be performed on the day. My head is still stuffed with the most wonderful music today, so it’s time to take a break from my usual bloggage. On Sunday I sang the chorales in Bach’s St John Passion at […]

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