La rondine

Giacomo Puccini

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1, 6*, 8, 10, 13, 15*, 17*, 23 June 2017 at 7.30pm

*Concession dates (£3 off, yellow price zone only).



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Opera in three acts, new production

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Libretto by Giuseppe Adami

With City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus

Ticket Prices
Blue £77, Red £71, Green £63, Yellow £53, INSPIRE £18

Performance finishes at 10.00pm



Puccini’s heart-breaking story of love and loss has become enormously popular in recent years and the opera has been re-evaluated as one of the composer’s most exquisitely crafted works. Astonishingly, it is sometimes listed as a ‘comedy’, presumably because nobody dies, but it is, in fact, a story that describes the process of love and separation in a way that most of us can relate to. Dripping with emotion, the final scene is among Puccini’s most unbearably painful inventions.

Magda is the ‘Swallow’ of the title, a society girl, flighty and free, who meets and falls in love with Ruggero, but ultimately, his good family name, and her desire not to sully it, will drive them apart.

The score is warm and delicious, the choruses breathtakingly shaped and the evocation of Parisian life is beguiling – but there is no escaping the tears of the finale.

Cast and Creatives

Conductor Matthew Kofi Waldren / Nicholas Jenkins (15 June only)
Director Martin Lloyd-Evans
Designer takis
Lighting Designer Mark Howland
Movement Director Steve Elias
Magda de Civry Elizabeth Llewellyn
Ruggero Matteo Lippi
Lisette Tereza Gevorgyan
Prunier Stephen Aviss
Rambaldo Fernandez David Stephenson
Périchaud Henry Grant Kerswell
Gobin Timothy Langston
Crébillon/Rabonnier Alistair Sutherland
Yvette/Georgette Pia Harris
Bianca/Gabriela Alice Privett
Suzy/Lolette Sophie Dicks
Voce di Sopranino Alys Roberts
Un Maggiordomo Jon Shaw



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On the Red Carpet – La rondine First Night

La rondine – Audience Reactions and Reviews

From the Rehearsal Room

In conversation with Elizabeth Llewellyn

In conversation with Martin Lloyd-Evans & takis

In conversation with Steve Elias

Excerpts and arias from La rondine…
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