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Holland Park Theatre
|Puccini's La Rondine: romantic opera without tears|
|In his wonderful BBC series on Italian opera, Antonio Pappano declared that "Puccini does love like no other composer," a phrase I've also heard from others. Act II of La Rondine is a perfect example of this, in which we watch the high-class courtesan Magda and the virtuous but penniless Ruggero fall for each other: they are in a crowded Parisian night club, but the rest of the world ceases to exist around them.
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