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I was listening to Radio-Canada this evening and they were playing La Rondine by Puccini. The music brought me back to our Summers in Rome, it seems like such a long time ago.

We had Season tickets to the Opera di Roma, in the Summer time the company would move from the main theatre to an open air one at the Baths of Caracalla, the famous ruins were the second largest Roman public baths, or thermae, built in Rome between AD 212 and 216, during the reign of the Emperor Caracalla. Today they are splendid ruins set in a beautiful park.


I will always remember these Roman Summer nights, it was so much cooler in the open air and the moon during the performance would rise above the ruins. We saw quite a few operas in Rome during our many years.