Donald Macleod explores how Puccini's music came to be linked with the ideas of the new unified Italy, as well as how the opera Manon Lescaut made his name and fortune.
When Italy became a unified country in 1861, a heated debate blew up as to how culture might represent this newly formed nation. Two musicians were to stand out as emblems of that ideology, Verdi and the successor to his crown as Italy's king of opera, Giacomo Puccini. Today, Donald Macleod considers how Puccini's music came to be linked with those ideas.
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