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When Puccini died, in 1924, he left his last opera unfinished - and no heir apparent as opera's most popular composer. More than eighty years later, Puccini still has no real successor in the public's affections. Did the posthumous premiere of Turandot mark the end of opera's standard repertory? BARRY SINGER reports.

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Puccini at his home in Torre del Lago, two months before his death in November 1924

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