Italian Opera Composer Pietro Mascagni. was an Italian composer most noted for his operas. His 1890 masterpiece Cavalleria rusticana caused one of the greatest sensations in opera history and single-handedly ushered in the Verismo movement in Italian dramatic music.
La bohème, Puccini's fourth opera (original poster above) was based on the book by Henri Murger, La Vie de Bohème. It premiered in Turin in 1896, and within a few years, had been performed in many of the leading opera houses of Europe, and in America. Bohème remains one of the most frequently performed operas ever written.