Giacomo Puccini Biography
Birthday: December 22, 1858 (Capricorn)
Born In: Lucca, Italy
Giacomo Puccini was one of the greatest Italian opera composers of all time, who is best known for works like ‘La bohème’, ‘Madama Butterfly’, ‘Tosca’ and ‘Turandot’. Born in the 19th century into a prominent musical dynasty in the central Italian town of Lucca, Puccini was a very restless child. He was believed to be unfit for carrying forward the legacy that began with his great-great grandfather, also named Giacomo Puccini. However, his strong-willed mother had full faith in him; and under her guidance, he soon began to flourish. At the age of 22, he moved to Milan to study music at the ‘Milan Conservatory’, graduating from there three years later. Immediately after finishing his studies, Puccini successfully launched his career with his first opera, ‘Le Villi’. Although his second opera was a flop, he produced a series of successful operas following that. His pieces ‘La bohème’, ‘Tosca’ and ‘Madama Butterfly’ continue to remain part of the modern opera repertoire.