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quarta-feira, julho 23, 2008

American Idol

The most popular opera composer in the U.S. is Giacomo Puccini — a verdict that surprises most opera fans in Italy, where Giuseppe Verdi is revered as the greatest of the great. FRED PLOTKIN examines this curious cultural divide.

Giacomo Puccini's 150th birthday is coming up this December, so 2008 is his year. For many people in America who love opera, every year is Puccini's year. Some of his works, notably La Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Turandot, are so ubiquitous in U.S. theaters that they practically crowd out other works. Puccini melodies seep into films such as Moonstruck and A Room With a View and form the soundtrack for the American infatuation with everything Tuscan. Leia mais aqui

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