The Life and Operas of Giacomo Puccini

Taught by Joseph Mechavich

The live course has concluded, but the lecture can still be purchased as a self-paced course.

“Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man’s faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements.”- Giacomo Puccini 

Giacomo Puccini was a man of the theater. He had a refined talent for the theatrical, for capturing the heartbeat of the character and situation. Known for his compositions of La bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot, his art mirrored his life. Innovative and thinking outside the proverbial box, he created his operas with the audience in mind.  

Join Maestro Joseph Mechavich, Kentucky Opera's Artistic Advisor, and a few special guests for these six classes for a look at his life and examine his works. Each class features an informative lecture contextualizing his operas. The course also includes recorded Question and Answer sessions with special guests from the opera industry. Listening examples, articles, and other materials are included for each lecture to provide background and spark discussion.

Your Instructor: Joseph Mechavich

Conductor Joseph Mechavich’s passion and commitment to excellence in the art form has helped to forge lasting and career-defining relationships with numerous opera companies, composers and orchestras in the United States and abroad.  

Maestro Mechavich has presided over productions of Porgy and Bess for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nixon in China for Auckland Philharmonia/New Zealand Opera, Il barbiere di Siviglia for The Washington National Opera, Madama Butterfly for New York City Opera, and Dead Man Walking for Atlanta Opera.  

In 2010, Maestro Mechavich was named Principal Conductor of Kentucky Opera and currently serves as the company’s Artistic Advisor. A native of Long Lake, Minnesota, he studied at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the Yale University School of Music. 

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Registration includes:

  • 6 virtual 1-hour lectures taught by Joseph Mechavich
  • Links to pertinent articles and musical examples
  • Recorded Question and Answer sessions with guest artists from the industry

Course Curriculum

  • Class 1: Early Period: LE VILLE and EDGAR
  • Class 2: Early Period: MANON LESCAUT
  • Class 3: Middle Period: LA BOHÈME and TOSCA
  • Class 4: Middle Period: TOSCA (con’t) and MADAMA BUTTERFLY 
  • Class 5: Late Period: LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST and LA RONDINE
  • Class 6: Late Period: IL TRITTICO and TURANDOT 

Image from Kentucky Opera's 2013 production of La Bohème. Photo by Patrick L. Pfister.

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