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La Rondine

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Puccini’s achingly beautiful score charmingly conveys the plight of Magda (the “swallow” of the title) who unexpectedly finds true love with the handsome young Ruggero. But their idyllic and happy life comes to an premature end as she is haunted by the fear that her checkered past will ruin his future. Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna portray Puccini’s star-crossed lovers. Ezio Frigerio’s elegant and sophisticated art deco sets add a dazzling touch to Nicholas Joël’s production, which premiered in 2008.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Jan 10, 2009


Giacomo Puccini


Giuseppe Adami

Run Time

1 HRS 54 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

DVD release by EMI Classics / The Metropolitan Opera