March 21, 1998
Madame Puccini
Composer:Michael Pratt
Librettist:Michael Pratt
Synopsis
Based on a true incident, Giacomo Puccini's wife, Elvira, imagines an affair between her husband and their servant, Doria Manfredi. After dismissing the young girl, Elvira makes her life in the village so intolerable that Doria eventually commits suicide. After a trial in which Elvira is sentenced to prison for driving Doria to suicide, Puccini persuades Doria's parents to drop their lawsuit by giving them 12,000 lire.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:00

Number of Acts
3

Musical Style
Tonal; lyrical

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass-baritone. Orchestra: 13 players

Original Cast
Concert performance of Act I (March 1995): Meredith Zara as Madame Puccini, Erik Johanson as Giacomo Puccini, Vivian Dettbarn as Doria Manfredi, Lance Ashmore as Tello Manfredi


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