Lastouc, Ruggero

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(Puccini: La rondine). Ten. Son of an old friend of Magda's lover Rambaldo. Ruggero calls at Magda's salon and tells her and her guests that this is his first night in Paris. Her maid Lisette suggests he should go to Bullier's nightclub and they all take their leave of their hostess. After they have gone, Magda sets off for the nightclub in disguise. There she meets and dances with Ruggero and they fall in love, to the distress of Rambaldo. They decide to live together in Nice. Ruggero writes and tells his family of his happiness, but Magda knows that when they learn of her past life they will not welcome her into their family and she tells Ruggero that she can never marry him and must leave him. Duet (with Magda): Ma come puoi lasciarmi (‘But how can you leave me’). Created (1917) by Tito Schipa.

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