I have just purchased a ticket for tomorrow night at the Royal Opera for Cyrano de Bergerac, the other opera by Franco Alfano. I will probably be the only one there that has ever heard anything by him besides the ending for Turandot. The blurb on the ROH web site says that Alfano and Puccini were friends. My theory is looking better and better.
I've always loved the ending to Turandot, philistine that I am.
Further research tells me that Alfano wrote nine operas, none of which you will ever have heard of. He was unclear on the concept.
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