[[caption-width-right:239:Badass composer with a moustache]]

Giacomo Puccini (22 December 1858 -- 29 November 1924) was an Italian composer, sometimes referred to as "the last greatest opera composer". This is probably justified, as his operas are among the most frequently performed, and every opera company has them in their repertoire. Some arias from his operas are well known even to a non-operatic audience, like ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5lZSZTJXa4 O mio babbino caro]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUkTKAg7HHM Nessun dorma]]''.

!! Puccini's works are:
* ''Le Villi''
* ''Edgar''
* ''Manon Lescaut''
* ''Theatre/LaBoheme''
* ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}'', source of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8lD9ZmYHhE E lucevan le stelle]]''
* ''Theatre/MadameButterfly''
* ''La Fanciulla del West'' (The Girl from the Golden West)
* ''La Rondine'' (The Swallow)
* ''Il Trittico'':
** ''Il Tabarro'' (The Cloak)
** ''Suor Angelica'' (Sister Angelica)
** ''Theatre/GianniSchicchi'', his only comedy and source of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5lZSZTJXa4 O mio babbino caro]]''
* ''Theatre/{{Turandot}}'' (you've heard ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUkTKAg7HHM Nessun dorma]]'')
!!Tropes present in Puccini's works:
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* BadassBaritone: Not so evident as in [[Music/GiuseppeVerdi Verdi]]'s works but Puccini's operas have their share of badass low-voiced guys: Jack Rance (''La Fanciulla del West''), Michele (''Il Tabarro''), [[Theatre/{{Tosca}} Scarpia]].
* BreakTheCutie: Puccini ''loved'' doing this. He even referred to the librettists of ''Turandot'' as "my puppet executioners".
%% * DeusAngstMachina:
* DownerEnding: Puccini was the king of this trope. Only ''Gianni Schicchi'' and, arguably, ''La Fanciulla del West'' and ''Theatre/{{Turandot}}'' don't have a DownerEnding.
* DrivenToSuicide: A frequent fate for his characters.
* {{Melodrama}}: Very much so but at the same time [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]]: Puccini's heroines are not [[SatelliteLoveInterest Shallow Love Interests]] but well-rounded and strong characters, his villains are universally more interesting than the tenor protagonists, and his stories are miles above a standard opera plot.
%%* TenorBoy
%%* {{Tragedy}}