Essays on the early life of each of the three great opera composers are included in the following web pages, plus additional information. My research, including that for a dissertation, has focused mostly on the operas of Verdi.
In honor of 200 years and a famous opera, Aida
In honor of 200 years and a famous opera, The Flying Dutchman
Puccini studied at the Milan Conservatory, the conservatory where Verdi had applied and failed to gain admission.
Tim Cordell 1 March 2014