Today we were fortunate to have the renown lecturer Vivian Weede who shared the highlights of the composer’s life. Puccini was a great musician and an impassioned composer who had an extraordinary genius for melody. We listened to the incredible voices of Soprano Vanessa Salaz, Tenor Francisco Renteria and Baritone Larry Alexander who all perform with the Arizona Opera Company. Tosca is said to be the most emotionally excessive of all operas – the pinnacle of the “verismo” style. Bonnie Bird was the pianist.