Siegfried Idyll Richard Wagner
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The Katherine Jenkins Collection - A Night at the Opera
Giacomo Puccini came along almost a half century after Verdi and was the last of the great Italian composers. Puccini was not so interested in politics and history, but he was keen to set his operas in exotic locations. While Verdi’s stories all take place in Europe, Puccini’s went to Japan – in Madam Butterfly, America’s “Wild West” – in La Fanciulla del West, and China – for Turandot. This famous aria comes from Turandot but was made hugely popular by the greatest tenor of the late 20th century, Luciano Pavarotti. Picture: Tenor Luciano Pavarotti and soprano Jane Eaglen perform in the third act of Puccini's "Turandot" at the Metropolitan Opera's Millennium Gala, 9 May 2000.