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carl's morning quiz
Puccini’s final opera Turandot had its premiere on this date in 1926 at La Scala in Milan. Puccini had died 17 months earlier and the last part of Act III had been completed by Franco Alfano. But at the first performance, the conductor stopped the music at the point that Puccini had left off and said to the audience: “Here the opera ends because at this point the Maestro died.” And the curtain was slowly lowered. Who was the conductor at the first performance of Turandot?
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