Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
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Gassed, killed, bankrupted, inspired: great composers in the First World War
17. Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Puccini was criticized during the war years for working on the opera 'La rondine' which had been commissioned by an Austrian theatre. Staunchly apolitical, Puccini did not participate in the public war effort, but privately helped individuals and families affected by the conflict.