With works such as La Boheme and Madame Butterfly Giacomo Puccini (1858 1924) created some of the world s most popular and widely performed operas. His colourful orchestrations, beautiful melodies, rare theatrical sensibility and often daring choices of subject matter combined to produce timeless stage works that continue to appeal to a broad audience. In this powerful biography, Conrad Wilson examines this great composer s works and the ways in which they were influenced by his many relationships with women and his contradictory personality.
Conrad Wilson was music critic of the Scotsman from 1963-91 and now writes for the Herald. Author of several publications, including a history of Scottish opera, he was for many years Programme Editor of the Edinburgh Festival