Puccini: Tosca, 'E lucevan le stelle'
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The Katherine Jenkins Collection - A Night at the Opera
9. Puccini: Tosca, 'E lucevan le stelle'
'As a singer, the other thing I love about Puccini, apart from the glorious melodies,' says Katherine, 'is the way he somehow manages to get inside a woman’s mind. Of course as a typical Italian man, Puccini loved the ladies and was certainly more than familiar with quite a few. But there’s something very honest and truthful about the way he portrays women.' It’s all part of what’s known as the verismo style of opera – meaning “truth”. That’s nowhere better to be seen than in Tosca. It has some of Puccini’s greatest melodies for both the leading lady and her lover, Cavaradossi, the tragic tenor who’s awaiting execution. Picture: Roberto Alagna as Cavaradossi.