Puccini, Giacomo

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Puccini, Giacomo Gender: M
born on 22 December 1858 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Lucca, Italy, 43n50, 10e29
Timezone LMT m10e29 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 29°58' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 21°27 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 23°16'

Giacomo Puccini


Italian opera composer of bold and dramatic harmonies, creator of the famous "Madame Butterfly" which he composed in 1904. While he seldom pleased the critics of his day, he was enormously popular with the public and his beloved scores lived long after his lifetime.

Puccini was not a child prodigy, but descended from a long line of musicians, conductors and composers. His father died when he was five, on 18 February 1864, and he became heir to the position of choir master and organist at a local church and professor of music at Collegio Ponziano. However, he fell under the spell of opera, and never pursued these positions. He showed musical talent early, and began playing the organ at age 14. Two years later, he was composing religious music and studying at a local conservatory in Milan, the latter made possible from a stipend of a wealthy great-uncle and a scholarship from Queen Margherita. He produced his first stage work, "La Villi," in 1883 which brought him attention among some of opera's more influential people. He became a major success after this. The opera "Manon Lescaut," which premiered in February 1893, marked the start of his mature style and helped establish him as artistic successor to Maestro Giuseppi Verdi. His next three works were his most famous: "La Boheme," 1896, "Tosca," 1900 and "Madame Butterfly," 1904.

He had an interesting personal style, being fond of hunting, mechanical devices of any kind, collector of cars and motor boats and acquiring houses.

His wife, the former Elvira Gemignani, was extremely jealous. She had been his mistress for 20 years while married to another man. He had a son by her in 1886. They married in 1904 after her husband's death but she was said to be a "pathologically invasive woman." In 1908, she accused a housemaid of being Puccini's lover, which eventually drove the woman to suicide. Elvira was jailed for five months and the couple separated, but later reconciled.

In late October 1924, Puccini's throat began causing problems. When he sought medical help, it was discovered that he had cancer of the throat with the only hope at the time being radium treatment. On 4 November 1929, he left for treatment in Brussels, taking with him 36 pages of "Turandot," which he was orchestrating. Bleeding on the train from the nose and mouth, he arrived in Brussels where a biopsy confirmed the original diagnosis. On 20 November 1924, Puccini was prepared for surgery to halt the rapidly spreading cancer. The surgery was performed without anesthesia because of his heart. The subsequent radiation proved too much for his weak heart, and he died around 4:00 AM on 29 November 1924, aged 65.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Nilsson, Birgit (born 17 May 1918). Notes: singing the role of "Turandot"
  • role played of/by Ferzetti, Gabriele (born 17 March 1925). Notes: 1953 film "Puccini", 1954 film "Casa Ricordi"


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2 February 1893 ("Manon Lescaut," debut in Turin)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1 February 1896 ("La bohème," debut in Turin)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 14 January 1900 (Debut of "Tosca" in Rome)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 17 February 1904 (Debut of "Madame Butterfly" in Milan)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 10 December 1910 (La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the West), Premiere MET (N.Y.))
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 14 December 1918 (The Tryptch (Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi) world premiere MET (N.Y.))
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  • Death, Cause unspecified 29 November 1924 (Age 65)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 25 April 1926 (Turandot (posthumously played)(not finished))
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Source Notes

Gene Lockhart quotes B.R. in Constellations '77.

Sy Scholfield quotes same data from birth record cited in "Puccini e Lucca: 'quando sentirò la dolce nostalgia della mia terra nativa'" by Gabriella Biagi Ravenni and ‎Simonetta Bigongiari (M. Pacini Fazzi, 2008), p. 221: "Da questo originale dell'atto di battesimo si ricava che Giacomo Puccini nacque alle 2 della notte del 22 dicembre 1858 nella casa di corte S. Lorenzo, in parrocchia dei Santi Paolino e Donato, ..."


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Throat)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Chronic misery (Obsessive relationship with wife)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (Operas)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book