Giacomo Puccini (Italian composer)

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Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (Italian: [ˈdʒaːkomo putˈtʃiːni]; 22 December 1858 – 29 November 1924) was an Italian composer whose operas are among the important operas played as standards.

Puccini has been called "the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi". While his early work was rooted in traditional late-19th-century romantic Italian opera, he successfully developed his work in the realistic verismo style, of which he became one of the leading exponents.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1953 Tosca (1953 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Victor de Sabata 11
1958 Madama Butterfly (1957 studio cast) Puccini; Anna Moffo, Cesare Valletti, Rosalind Elias, Fernando Corena, Renato Cesari, Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf 5 9
1960 Tosca (1959 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, George London, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli 2
1963 Madama Butterfly (1962 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Leontyne Price, Richard Tucker, Philip Maero, Rosalind Elias, Orchestra della RCA Italiana, Coro della RCA Italiana, Erich Leinsdorf 4
1973 La bohème (1972 studio cast) Puccini; Freni, Pavarotti, Harwood, Panerai, Maffeo, Ghiaurov, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 6
1973 Turandot (1972 studio cast) Puccini; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Caballé, Ghiaurov, Krause, Pears, John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta 5
1974 La bohème (1973 studio cast) Puccini; Caballé, Domingo, Milnes, Blegen, Sardinero, Raimondi, London Philharmonic Orchestra, The John Alldis Choir, Georg Solti 1
1974 Madama Butterfly (1974 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Christa Ludwig, Robert Kerns, Wiener Philharmoniker, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Herbert von Karajan 3
1979 Tosca (1978 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, Wandsworth School Boys' Choir, London Opera Chorus, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicola Rescigno 3
1982 Turandot (Wiener Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Herbert von Karajan, soprano: Katia Ricciarelli, tenor: Placido Domingo) Giacomo Puccini 1
1983 La Rondine (London Symphony Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, feat. Conductor Lorin Maazel) Giacomo Puccini 1
1983 Verdi & Puccini Verdi, Puccini; Kiri Te Kanawa, London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Pritchard 1
1984 Manon Lescaut (1983 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Mirella Freni, Plácido Domingo, Renato Bruson, Kurt Rydl, Robert Gambill, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli 5 3
1984 Tosca Giacomo Puccini; Katia Ricciarelli, José Carreras, Ruggero Raimondi, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1984 Puccini: Messa di Gloria Giacomo Puccini; The Ambrosian Singers, Philharmonia Orchestra, José Carreras, Hermann Prey 1
1984 Tosca (National Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera Chorus feat. conductor: Sir Georg Solti, soprano: Kiri Te Kanawa, baritono: Leo Nucci, tenor: Giacomo Aragall) Giacomo Puccini 1
1986 Madama Butterfly (1966 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi, Rolando Panerai, Piero de Palma, Anna di Stasio, Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Sir John Barbirolli 4
1987 Il trittico: Il tabarro / Suor Angelica / Gianni Schicchi (1976/77 studio casts) Puccini; Cotrubaş, Scotto, Horne, Gobbi, Domingo, Wixell, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel 1
1987 La bohème (1956 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Rolando Panerai, Anna Moffo, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Antonino Votto 4 4
1987 Madama Butterfly (1977 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Ingvar Wixell, Gillian Knight, Florindo Andreolli, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Lorin Maazel 1
1988 Turandot Giacomo Puccini; Katia Ricciarelli, Plácido Domingo, Barbara Hendricks, Ruggero Raimondi, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1988 Madama Butterfly (1987 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Mirella Freni, José Carreras, Teresa Berganza, Juan Pons, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli 2
1988 La fanciulla del West (1958 studio cast) Puccini; Tebaldi, del Monaco, MacNeil, Tozzi, Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma, Franco Capuana 1
1988 La bohème (1958 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Ettore Bastianini, Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin 4
1988 Puccini Weekend, Famous Arias Giacomo Puccini 1
1988 Puccini’s Best Giacomo Puccini 1
1988 Turandot (Excerpts) Giacomo Puccini; Eva Turner, Giovanni Martinelli, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1988 Turandot (Orchestra e Coro dell'Opera di Roma feat. conductor: Francesco Molinari-Pradelli) Giacomo Puccini 1
1989 Tosca (1964 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi, Tito Gobbi, Chœurs du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Georges Prêtre 2
1989 Tosca Giacomo Puccini; Price, Di Stefano, Taddei, Corena, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 5
1990 Tosca - Highlights (Rome Opera Orchestra feat. conductor: Erich Leinsdorf) Giacomo Puccini 2
1990 La bohème (1990 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Ľuba Orgonášová, Jonathan Welch, Carmen Gonzalez, Fabio Previati, Boaz Senator, Ivan Urbas, Slovak Philharmonic Chorus, Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Will Humburg 2
1990 La Rondine (RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra & Chorus feat. conductor: Francesco Molinari-Pradelli) Giacomo Puccini 1
1990 Madama Butterfly (1959 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Victoria de los Ángeles, Jussi Björling, Miriam Pirazzini, Mario Sereni, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Gabriele Santini 1
1991 Madama Butterfly (1958 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Renata Tebaldi, Carlo Bergonzi, Enzo Sordello, Fiorenza Cossotto, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Tullio Serafin 7
1991 Tosca (Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia feat. conductor: Francesco Molinari-Pradelli) Giacomo Puccini 1
1991 Madama Butterfly (1991 cast) Giacomo Puccini; Miriam Gauci, Yordy Ramiro, Georg Tichy, Slovak Philharmonic Chorus, Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), Alexander Rahbari 2
1991 La bohème (1987 film cast) Giacomo Puccini; Barbara Hendricks, José Carreras, Gino Quilico, Angela Maria Blasi, Chœur de Radio France, Maîtrise de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, James Conlon 1
1991 La bohème (1979 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Renata Scotto, Alfredo Kraus, Sherrill Milnes, Carol Neblett, Paul Plishka, Matteo Manuguerra, Renato Capecchi, Italo Tajo, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, National Philharmonic Orchestra, James Levine 1
1991 La Bohème (Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma feat. conductor: Thomas Schippers) (1962–63 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini 1
1991 Tosca (Slovak Philharmonic Chorus, Czecho-Slovak radio Symphony Orchestra, feat. Conductor Alexander Rahbari) Giacomo Puccini 1
1992 La fanciulla del West (Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala feat. conductor: Lorin Maazel) Giacomo Puccini 2
1992 Tosca Giacomo Puccini; Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Mirella Freni 1
1992 Madama Butterfly (1955 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Maria Callas, Lucia Danieli, Nicolai Gedda, Mario Borriello, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Herbert von Karajan 5
1992 Il trittico: Il tabarro / Suor Angelica / Gianni Schicchi Giacomo Puccini; Victoria de los Ángeles, Tito Gobbi, Giacinto Prandelli, Fedora Barbieri, Paolo Montarsolo, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Vincenzo Bellezza, Tullio Serafin, Gabriele Santini 2
1993 Gianni Schicchi (Orchestre Symphonique de la RTBF feat. conductor: Alexander Rahbari) Giacomo Puccini 1
1993 La Bohème Giacomo Puccini; Renata Tebaldi, Giacinto Prandelli, Hilde Gueden, Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Alberto Erede 1
1993 Madama Butterfly Giacomo Puccini 1
1993 Tosca Giacomo Puccini 1
1994 La bohème (1978 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Katia Ricciarelli, José Carreras, Ingvar Wixell, Håkan Hagegård, Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Colin Davis 2
1994 Madama Butterfly (1951 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Renata Tebaldi, Giuseppe Campora, Nell Rankin, Giovanni Inghilleri, Coro dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Alberto Erede 1
1994 La bohème (1961 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Renata Scotto, Gianni Poggi, Jolanda Meneguzzer, Tito Gobbi, Chorus & Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Antonino Votto 2
1994 Orchestral Works (Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, conductor: Riccardo Chailly) Giacomo Puccini 1
1995 Madame Butterfly: Highlights Puccini; Price, Tucker, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra, Leinsdorf 1
1995 Highlights from Manon Lescaut Giacomo Puccini 1
1995 Madama Butterfly (1980 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Veronika Kincses, Peter Dvorský, Lajos Miller, Klára Takács, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera Chorus, Giuseppe Patanè 1
1996 La bohème (1973 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Montserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Judith Blegen, Vicente Sardinero, Ruggero Raimondi, The John Alldis Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti 1
1996 La bohème (1995 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Roberto Alagna, Leontina Vaduva, Thomas Hampson, Ruth Ann Swenson, Simon Keenlyside, Samuel Ramey, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Voices, Antonio Pappano 1
1996 Turandot Giacomo Puccini; Birgit Nilsson, Renata Tebaldi, Jussi Björling, Giorgio Tozzi, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf 3
1996 Madama Butterfly (1979 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Eugenia Moldoveanu, Emil Gherman, Eduard Tumageanian, Philharmonic Orchestra of Satu Mare, Philharmonic Choir of Cluj-Napoca, Paul Popescu, Florentin Mihăescu 1
1996 Tosca Puccini; Jane Eaglen, Dennis O'Neill, Gregory Yurisich, Philharmonia Orchestra, David Parry 1
1996 Tosca (Chorus and Orchestra of the Rumanian Opera Bucharest, feat. conductor Cornel Trailescu, singers: Zeani, Fânateanu, Herlea) Giacomo Puccini 1
1997 Turandot (1957 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Maria Callas, Eugenio Fernandi, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Nicola Zaccaria, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin 5
1997 Puccini Arias Giacomo Puccini; Maria Callas, Philharmonia Orchestra, Tullio Serafin 1
1997 Puccini Arias (Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Plácido Domingo, tenor: José Cura) Giacomo Puccini 1
1997 Tosca Puccini; Scotto, Domingo, Bruson, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, James Levine 2
1997 La bohème (1956 studio cast) Puccini; Victoria de los Ángeles, Jussi Björling, Amara, Merrill, Reardon, Tozzi, RCA Victor Chorus & Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 5
1997 Tosca (1980 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Renato Bruson, Philharmonia Orchestra, James Levine 1
1997 Tosca (highlights) Giacomo Puccini 1
1997 Tosca (Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, feat. conductor: Carlo Felice Cillario, singers: Callas, Cioni, Gobbi, Godfrey) Giacomo Puccini 1
1998 Turandot (1953 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Inge Borkh, Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Fernando Corena, Mario Carlin, Renato Ercolani, Nicola Zaccaria, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Alberto Erede 2
1998 Manon Lescaut (1998 live composite recording from more than one performance) Giacomo Puccini; Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Riccardo Muti 1
1998 Turandot (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino feat. conductor: Zubin Mehta) Giacomo Puccini 1
1998 Tosca Giacomo Puccini; Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Lorin Maazel 3
1998 La Bohème (Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra, feat. conductor: Ondrej Lenárd) (1980 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini 1
1998 The #1 Puccini Album Giacomo Puccini 2
1999 Manon Lescaut (1987 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Riccardo Chailly 1
1999 Messa di Gloria pour soli, chœur et orchestre (Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Claudio Scimone, The Ambrosian Chorus feat. tenor: José Carreras, baritone: Hermann Prey) Giacomo Puccini 1
1999 La Bohème (Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scalla di Milano feat. conductor: Riccardo Chailly) (1998 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini 5 1
1999 Tosca Giacomo Puccini 1
2000 La bohème (1999 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Andrea Bocelli, Barbara Frittoli, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta 1
2000 La fanciulla del West (RAI Orchestra & Chorus, Rome feat. conductor: Arturo Basile) Giacomo Puccini 1
2001 Tosca Puccini; Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Ingvar Wixell, Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis 1
2001 Tosca (2000 film cast) Giacomo Puccini; Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Ruggero Raimondi, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano 1
2002 Messa di Gloria / Preludio Sinfonico / Crisantemi (Hungarian Opera Orchestra feat. conductor: Pier Giorgo Morandi) Giacomo Puccini 1
2002 Music for String Quartet Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini; Quartetto David 1
2002 Madama Butterfly Giacomo Puccini; Magda Olivero 1
2003 La bohème (Chorus and Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia feat. conductor: Alberto Erede, soprano: Renata Tebaldi) / La bohème (highlights) (RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra feat. conductors: Renato Cellini, Victor Trucco, soprano: Licia Albanese, tenor: Giuseppe di Stefano) (1950 studio cast / 1951 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini 1
2003 Edgar Giacomo Puccini 1
2003 Messa di Gloria Puccini; András Molnar, György Bordás, József Gregor, Bánkúti Gábor 1
2004 Puccini Arias & Duets (Maria Callas) Giacomo Puccini 1
2006 Edgar (Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia feat conductor: Alberto Veronesi) Giacomo Puccini 1
2006 Great Artists of the Century: Puccini: Messa di Gloria / Preludio sinfonico / Crisantemi (London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra feat. conductor: Antonio Pappano, tenor: Robert Alagna, baritone: Thomas Hampson) Giacomo Puccini 1
2006 La bohème (1961 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker, Mary Costa, Robert Merrill, Giorgio Tozzi, Philip Maero, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Erich Leinsdorf 1
2006 Madama Butterfly (1954 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Tito Gobbi, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Victoria de los Ángeles 1
2006 La Rondine (Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro Communale Bologna, feat. conductor: Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, singers: Pilou, Bottion, de Palma, Fusco) Giacomo Puccini 1
2007 Puccini Opera Favourites Giacomo Puccini 1
2009 Turandot (1992 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini 1
2009 Madama Butterfly (2008 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Enkelejda Shkosa, Fabio Capitanucci, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano 1
2009 La bohème (1962–63 studio cast) Puccini; Mirella Freni, Nicolai Gedda, Mariella Adani, Mario Sereni, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Thomas Schippers 1

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