The most often-performed opera in North America
Eighth most performed opera in North America
Toscanini's performance (1946) is the only recording of a Puccini opera led by its original conductor
Left unfinished at the composer's death and completed by Franco Alfano
"Gianni Schicchi", the most-popular 3rd act, is a comedic farce
Puccini's 3rd opera and his first great success
Bears some resemblance to Webber's "Phantom of the Opera"
Late Romantic opera composer