Giacomo Puccini is regarded as the greatest Italian composer of the generation after Giuseppe Verdi.
Manon Lescaut was the opera that really launched his career. From this moment, he began to work with the librettists Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, who would write the libretti for the composer’s most famous works: La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Tosca and Turandot (the latter unfinished). Puccini’s music is eclectic and he fuses the most outstanding compositional musical styles of the time. He was greatly influenced by Richard Wagner but also by French music of the late 20th century. Focused on theatre music, Puccini is the composer of some of the most remarkable melodies in the history of opera.