The 22nd of December of 2008 was Puccini’s 150th birthday. To commemorate the occasion, NPR’s Performance Today had an interview with noted Puccini expert Fred Plotkin. During its course Plotkin followed the now conventional practice of pronouncing Puccini’s last opera with its final “t” articulated. While this practice is pretty small beans in the course of human events, it’s pedantic and based on how the name was pronounced before Puccini got to it rather than on how he wanted it pronounced.
Blog post: http://www.operavivra.com/blog/turandot-without-the-t/