Antonio Pappano says: Guess this tune

Antonio Pappano says: Guess this tune


norman lebrecht

March 24, 2020

A message from the music director of the Royal Opera House, with a riddle attached:



  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    I am sure it is from the Puccini opera La Fanciulla Del West which I was hoping to see in Stockholm this year. That last theme is unmistakably borrowed by Julian Lloyd Webber in I think the Phantom of the Opera. I love Puccini, and I am sure that Lloyd Webber comes from a distinguished musical family, but his music is unbearable to me.

    • Brian says:

      Andrew LW, surely?

    • Stuard Young says:

      So happy to read that another musical person instantly recognized this most beautiful melody from Puccini’s most beautifully orchestrated, but under-appreciated opera. Also pleased that you noticed the striking similarity between Puccini’s melody, and Webber’s “The Music of the Night”.

  • RW2013 says:

    Fanciulla. (wir sind doch nicht blöd)
    See you next season at the Staatsoper.

  • Tim says:

    It’s Rondine!

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    Obviously I meant Andrew Llloyd Webber rather than his cellist brother, who is much more to my taste.

  • Mimi T says:

    Grazie mille Maestro. E di Turandot, non?

  • John Holmes says:

    == Andrew Llloyd Webber

    The UK magazine Private Eye had an amusing series several years ago comparing ALW tunes with originals blatantly ripped off . eg

    ‘I don’t know how to love him’ vs
    Slow mov of Mendelssohn Violin Cto

  • Guest says:

    Grande Pappano

  • Suzanne says:

    It’s the love theme from “La Fanciulla del West.” It starts out as the waltz between Minnie and Dick Johnson in Act I and reappears various times, for me most movingly in Act III after Minnie has won the miners over and saved Johnson/Ramerrez from hanging.

  • Save the MET says:

    He’s from New England, I detect Madonna Accent Syndrome.

  • Willymh says:

    Thank you Maestro

  • kundry says:

    A wonderful pianist , conductor and musician and also a very nice guy. He is Italian and deeply understands Puccini and the nostalgia of La Fanciulla del West. Bravo Pappano!

  • Mark says:

    Quello che tacete

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    “La Fanciulla del West”, easily my favorite Puccini opera for both personal and musical reasons.