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Budapest Opera House to perform all Puccini operas in three weeks

The Budapest Opera House will perform all of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s operas and a series of other compositions during a three-week festival entitled Puccini’s Italy.

The festival will run from May 18th to June 10th at the Budapest Opera House’s two locations and is their way of paying homage to the composer on the 160th anniversary of his birth and 95 years since he died.

The festival will include four premieres, a world premiere and five operas that have been part of the Budapest repertoire.

The world premiere is the mixed-genre composition of Chrysanthemums or the Death of Liù, a piece based on the real-world tragedy of the suicide of Puccinis’ servant who inspired the character of Liù in Turandot.

The festival will also include performances of various Puccini songs and compositions for special events and will be closed by a recital of Puccini arias by American tenor Gregory Kunde on June 10th.

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