Thursday, April 19, 2012


Twenty-seven years ago, I discovered the joy of Puccini, when I contracted and played in an orchestra for La Boheme. And for twenty-seven years, I’ve wanted to become familiar with at least one of Puccini’s other operas.

Despite Madama Butterfly’s popularity, I was never tempted to give it a chance, but now, with the ability to “preview” via YouTube, I’ve discovered Anthony Minghella’s production with Patricia Racette. Oh, how I love a good spinto. The clips on YouTube were an appetizer; I wanted the entire meal. No Amazon order ever seemed to take so long to arrive. Tosca followed, and now, twenty-seven years after my first exposure to Puccini, I can finally say I’m familiar with more than La Boheme.
- PJ

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