Music: Puccini's Swallow Soars

Chicago's Lyric Opera revives the neglected La Rondine

Imagine that a new work by Giacomo Puccini had been discovered. Opera houses the world over would fight for the rights to the first performance. The best singers would scramble to create the roles. Audiences would line up eagerly. It would be a sensation.

Surprise, such a work exists. Except this Puccini opera is not newly discovered, it is being rediscovered. After years of unwarranted neglect, La Rondine (The Swallow) may be finding a perch in the major opera houses. La Rondine (pronounced Ron-dee-nay) is not yet a repertory staple. But in 1984 the New York City Opera staged a bubbly...

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