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La Rondine

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Glamorous 1920s Paris provides the backdrop for exquisite melodies in Nicolas Joël’s production of Puccini's tender opera. Read More >

La Rondine was commissioned by the Karltheater, Vienna in 1913, but its 1917 premiere was moved to neutral Monte Carlo after the outbreak of World War I. Although an initial success, La Rondine was denounced as an ‘enemy opera’ by the French press and declined in popularity. Only recently has the opera been performed regularly in opera houses worldwide.

Nicolas Joël’s production draws on the glamour and glitter of 1920s France. In the chic surroundings of her Parisian salon, Magda celebrates passionate love in the memorable song ‘Doretta’s Dream’ and in an Art Nouveau-inspired café, the lovers chat to a leisurely foxtrot. Giacomo Puccini’s score is influenced by Viennese operetta and infused with popular dance rhythms, from two interwoven waltz themes in Act II to lively polkas and tangos. The final act moves to a hotel on the French Riviera where the lovers bid a heart-breaking farewell in soaring melodies, before Magda – the ‘swallow’ of the title – flies away.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

 

 

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 05/07/2013

Closing Night: 21/07/2013

Running time: 2h30

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Cast & Creative

Creative

Director - Nicolas Joël

Lighting Designer - Vinicio Cheli

Set Designer - Ezio Frigerio

Music By - Giacomo Puccini

About Royal Opera House

Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD

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