Last night, while getting ready for my opera talk, I kept thinking of pre-determination of certain events in people's lives.
You know how some people die on their birthdays - the weirdest thing of all, or how some spouses die on the same day?
La Boheme was in a way the sunrise of Puccini's artistic career. It brought huge success, fame and acknowledgement to the young composer that he was at the time.
And - it so happened that years later, at the very moment he passed away in the hospital, La Scala was performing his La Boheme. The news arrived while the show was on. It was stopped right away and after the sad news was announced, the orchestra played Chopin's Funeral March. That way, the same opera La Boheme, became the sunset of Puccini's life.