Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) is not only one of the most beloved operatic composers, but one of the most colorful. His use of soaring melodies combined with dramatic realism resulted in masterpieces which remain standards in the repertory of the world’s opera houses. Despite his assertion that “writing an opera is difficult” Puccini remains Verdi’s only true successor. His work is illustrated by excerpts from his most famous operas, including La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, and Tosca.

Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.