An original Italian easy reader by Francesca Colombo
Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera, first performed in Turin in 1896, here simplifed for learners of Italian (with quotes from the actual libretto!)
Christmas Eve 1830, Paris: a group of young friends – a writer, a painter, a musician and a philosopher – are hungry and cold in their shared garret. Marcello, the artist, decides to burn his landscape to warm the room, but the oil paint would smell, so Rodolfo offers his play, instead. As the chapters burn, Schaunard, the musician, arrives home. He has news!
Begin with this ‘easy reader’ ebook before watching the actual opera, or simply use this original Italian reading/listening practice material to add a little variety to your study program.
- .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
- .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) available on request at no extra charge – just add a note to the order form or email us
- 6 chapters (based on Puccini’s Act/Scene structure) to read and listen to
- Comprehension questions to check your understanding
- Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
- Suitable for students at pre-intermediate level or above
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
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Anita (verified owner) –
I have seen this opera before but quite a few years ago so I vaguely remember the story – and, of course, I do know the music being one of Puccini’s most famous operas.
I found the introduction very useful to remind myself of details and personalities Being a B1 level, I could understand most, but still a bit challenging in some parts. As usual the exercises are useful, as well as listening and reading. I will have a look on-line and listen – but after the Christmas and New Year!
Look forward to reading/listening to the others.
Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review, Anita. We appreciate it! Do try with the actual opera, won’t you?
Janet (verified owner) –
I found this really helpful for both understanding opera and Italian. I shall definitely try the others in the series. Well done.
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, Janet! We appreciate it.
Steve (verified owner) –
I’m a classical music lover, and I’ve tried on multiple occasions to learn to enjoy opera. I’ve never been able to appreciate them until this series of opera books began being released. After reading the book, I’m able to follow along with the libretto and enjoy the opera. Enjoying a great opera and studying Italian at the same time — what could be better?!