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During his lifetime, Giacomo Puccini was the most celebrated opera composer in the world, and became one of the greatest exponents of operatic realism ("verismo"). His major works endure and are performed as standards of the opera repertoire, including La Bohème (1896), Tosca (1900), Madama Butterfly (1904), and Turandot. He also wrote orchestral pieces, sacred music, chamber music, and songs.
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