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Giacomo Puccini

Puccini was an Italian composer of operas and a leading exponent of the realistic, verismo style. Born into a family of musicians, he studied piano and organ in his hometown before entering the Milan Conservatory in 1880. His famous operas, which remain exceedingly popular to this day, include La Bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly. His death in 1924 is often cited as the end of grand opera. Complications from what experimental medical treatment hastened his death? More...
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A diagnosis of throat cancer led his doctors to recommend a new and experimental radiation therapy treatment. There were complications after this treatment; uncontrolled bleeding led to a heart attack the day after surgery.
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Some curiosities about This genius:
The tale of Doria Manfredi is a particularly unhappy one. Doria was just 16 years old when she was taken on by Puccini to help him recover from a car crash in 1903. She proved immensely useful and willing, staying with the Puccinis and becoming their full time domestic help.
Suddenly in the fall of 1908, Elvira turned against her with a fury. Over the next few months Elvira destroyed Doria, firing her and then making her life a living hell in the village (including threatening to drown her). Doria poisoned herself on the 23rd of January 1909.
Elvira’s reasons were, as you might expect, that she (wrongly) believed Doria was carrying on an affair with Puccini. The extremity of her actions however remains something of a mystery, Puccini had frequently betrayed Elvira over the course of their marriage and she had never reacted in anything like this manner. Perhaps it was because Doria was lower class or that she had taken over Elvira’s duties in the household, whatever the reason she was almost certainly wrong.
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