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Professor David Rosen Speaks of Puccini’s Stage Manuals

Professor David Rosen Speaks of Puccini’s Stage Manuals

La Fanciulla del West, Puccini’s best, least-known opera, recently turned 100. The rollicking spaghetti Western — which takes place during the California Gold Rush — premiered December 10, 1910, at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera. But despite its initial success, it didn’t prove to be as popular as La Bohème, Tosca, or Madama Butterfly. In celebration of the opera’s centennial, Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, hosted “Fanciulla 100: Celebrating Puccini,” a symposium that featured numerous musical experts and historians, including David Rosen, a professor emeritus of music at Cornell University ...

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