There's Plenty of Puccini in ICCC's Operatic Lecture Series

Mar 02, 2024 764

BY: Bob Ruggiero

While the average person may not be able to name any of the operas written by the Italian composer and librettist Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), they’ve likely at least heard the titles of his most famous works: La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Tosca or Turandot (and yes, it’s actually Madama and not Madame).

Or, if you’re a fan of ‘80s rom coms and/or Cher and have seen Moonstruck, you’ve heard selections from La Bohème. It’s the opera that a smitten Ronny Cammareri (Nicholas Cage) takes his brother’s fiancée, Loretta Castorini (Cher), to see at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and ignites their own love story. Selections from the opera are also heard throughout the film.

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