(December 7, 1863-August 2, 1945)
Wrote ‘Cavalleria Rusticana (1890)’ and ‘L’Amico Fritz (1891)
Wrote in the 'verismo' style
Why he might be annoying
He dropped out of music school.
He was a one-hit wonder.
Although he wrote more than 15 operas, ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ is the only one still regularly performed.
When people started calling him ‘the next Verdi,’ George Bernard Shaw wrote a long, bitchy article saying he wasn’t.
Giacomo Puccini found his wife obnoxious.
He became the official composer of Fascist Italy.
He had big hair.
Why he might not be annoying
His mother died when he was a little boy.
His father wanted him to be a lawyer, and he had to study music secretly.
He was poor for a long time, and had to live on one plate of pasta per day.
‘Cavelleria Rusticana’ was an overnight success.
It was such a hit that people were said to have ‘Mascagnitis.’
The opera is still very popular today.
Credit: Wieland Kalligaro
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