from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Puccini, Giacomo 1858-1924. Italian operatic composer whose works include La Bohème (1896) and Madame Butterfly (1904).

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  • n. Italian operatic composer noted for the dramatic realism of his operas (1858-1924)


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  • Our arbiter has crafted the criteria such that my love of Puccini is considered an acknowledgement of Puccini's aspirations towards transcendence, but my love of the Sex Pistols is relegated to corporate toolhood — a distinction that can be made only via an assumption that the market is a more powerful determinant than my own aesthetic judgement.

    Small wonder

  • Ms. Voigt will sing the role of Minnie in Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West," opening Dec. 6.

    Taking Flight With the Met

  • That said, while I think Puccini is popular largely because of the big tunes and is the most overexposed of composers, I do not think he is overrated at all.

    Now swallow

  • I do wonder how often one could get away with it — you get the feeling that Puccini is trying the same thing at the opening of Turandot but then realizes that it's unsuited to the grandeur and spectacle of the story.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • With your ear thus primed, Puccini is now free to go to any harmony or tempo he wants without the need to modulate.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • It's why they call Puccini the undisputed master of great sorrows in little souls.

    Ottawa Sun

  • That's Kiri Te Kanawa and Placido Domingo in Puccini's take, Manon Lescaut.

    E nulla! Arida landa… non un filo d'acqua

  • This much more traditional opera, grandly designed and staged by Zeng Li, was planned as a co-commission with the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, but that collaboration was abandoned when the composer, Xiaogang Ye, was late finishing; the musical style could be generously described as Puccini-like.

    Yes, China's got talent – but that's not enough

  • My two brothers and I spent the summer hanging around an archaeological dig and swimming at a little beach in the shadow of a fifteenth-century castle called Puccini's Tower, where the composer wrote Turandot.

    'The Monster of Florence'

  • Performances take place in a hotel lounge called the Puccini Bar, named for the composer of - News


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