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January 19, 2007 |
Post to the Host:
From the Leah Garchik column in the San Francisco Chronicle. Jan 17, 2007:
"Nedra Ruiz, who went to the sold-out "Prairie Home Companion" show at the Opera House last weekend, says harrumph over host Garrison Keillor's assertion (twice) that Giuseppe Verdi wrote "Tosca.'' It was Puccini."
San Francisco, CA
Verdi helped Puccini write "Tosca" that's what I meant to say. They were on tour in San Francisco with Verdi's opera "Fresca" and Caruso was demanding something new so Puccini wrote "Bosco" and Verdi changed it to "Tosca" and there you are. (Or maybe I'm thinking of Monteverdi.) Anyway, it's not worth you worrying about, Mark. Opera fanatics are always going to argue about these minor points. Let's you and I take the high road and focus on beauty and truth, and let the scholars niggle as they will.