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Pietro Antonio Stefano Mascagni (1863–1945) Italian composer most noted for His 1890 masterpiece Cavalleria rusticana

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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.

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Puccini, La Boheme

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.

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