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Giacomo Puccini
(1858 - 1858)

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1858 Born 23 December in Lucca, Tuscany; the son of a choirmaster and organist
1872 Follows in father's footsteps as local church organist
1880 Enters Milan Conservatory of Music and is taught by Emilcare Ponchielli
1884 Successful premiere in Milan of first opera, Le villi
1886 Has son with mistress Elvira Gemignani
1893 Triumphant premiere in Turin of Manon Lescaut
1900 Buys country estate near Lucca, at Torre del Lago
1903 During composition of Madame Butterfly is badly injured in a car accident
1904 Marries Elvira Gemignani after death of her husband; disastrous opening of Madame Butterfly in Milan
1910 Attends New York premiere of La fanciulla del West
1924 Dies 29 November, after surgery for throat cancer, leaving Turandot unfinished
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