Today is the birthday of Giacomo Puccini – born on this day in 1858. One of his most beloved operas, La Boheme, opens with artists and poets attempting to fight the cold by burning their works on Christmas Eve. To help celebrate in a less destructive way, here’s a quiz to see how well you know some of his most famous works. To see the answers, (bonus points if you can identify the singers!) click and drag across the white space below to reveal them.


    1. Che gelida manina – La boheme – Jussi Björling
    2. O mio babbino caro – Gianni Schicchi – Kiri Te Kanawa
    3. Humming chorus – Madama Butterfly
    4. Nessun dorma – Turandot – Luciano Pavarotti
    5. Senza Mamma – Suor Angelica – Renata Tebaldi
    6. Musetta’s Waltz (Quando m’en vo’) – La Boheme – Renee Fleming
    7. Chrysanthemums
    8. Un bel di vedremo – Madama Butterfly – Maria Callas
    9. Vissi d’arte – Tosca – Leontyne Price
    10. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta – La Rondine – Angela Gheorghiu
    11. Recondita armonia – Tosca – Placido Domingo