A Perfect Match: Puccini and Kelly Kaduce

by John Birge, Minnesota Public Radio
September 17, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Torre del Lago and Winnebago are closer than you think. Giacomo Puccini, the opera composer, had a home in Torre del Lago, Italy. Kelly Kaduce, the opera singer, calls her hometown Winnebago, Minn. But the spirit of Puccini looms large in her life.

Kelly Kaduce returns to Minnesota Opera this week to sing Puccini's Manon Lescaut. Last March, she came to sing the role of Liu in Puccini's Turandot. Last year, she was Cio Cio San in Puccini's Madame Butterfly. And in 2002, she made her Minnesota Opera debut as Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème.

So — did Kelly Kaduce find Puccini, or did Puccini find Kelly Kaduce? She revealed the answer when she visited Classical MPR, and sang an aria to demonstrate the allure of Puccini for both singers and music lovers alike.


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