Music: Rondine

Giuseppe Adami made a sorry tale out of scraps some twelve years ago, called it La Rondine (The Swallow) and gave it to Giacomo Puccini. Puccini, himself light-minded at the time, applied a handful of tunes, spliced them in his own skillful way and the result was a "lyric comedy in three acts" that had an indifferent sort of premiere at Monte Carlo in 1917. Last week and by courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera Company it was given its first performance in the U. S.

The story has not grown in stature since Adami transcribed...

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