Giacomo Puccini La Rondine

 

Puccini: La Rondine is Giacomo Puccini lyrical comedy in three acts conducted by Antonio Pappano who leads the London voices and London Symphony Orchestra. Angela Gheorghiu stars as Magda and Roberto Alagna stars as Ruggero. The booklet contains well-written music notes, all the lyrics and photographs from the time of the recording. La Rondine Alt ernative. Title Commedia lirica in tre atti Composer Puccini, Giacomo: I-Catalogue Number I-Cat. IGP 12 Movements/Sections Mov'ts/Sec's: 3 Acts Act I Chi il bel sogno di Doretta? (Magda) Ore dolci e divine (Magda) Forse, come la rondine (Prunier) Act II Act III Dimmi che vuoi seguirmi (Ruggero) Figliuolo, tu mi dici (Magda). La rondine, SC 83 (Puccini, Giacomo).

La Rondine is the only opera among Puccini’s mature works that is generally passed over in the current repertory–and with good reason. Written and first performed in the midst of World War I, it’s a work that looks back with somewhat treacly nostalgia, as if the world were frozen somewhere in the nineteenth century.

Placed in fin de siecle Paris, the plot is disconcertingly similar to that of Verdi’s La Traviata which is set two centuries earlier. Magda, a courtesan, falls in love with Ruggero, a handsome young man of good family, parts from her wealthy lover and leaves Paris to live with Ruggero in the south of France. There is no Germont here, the parental force of Traviata who so effectively puts Violetta into profound conflict. When Ruggero proposes to Magda, he has already received the blessing of his mother in a letter which approves of the match so long as his intended is of good character. Magda confesses her past to Ruggero and leaves him. At least Puccini did not feel the necessity of punishing her with a terminal case of tuberculosis.

Originally commissioned by producers of Viennese operetta, the libretto of La Rondine was problematical, running through several writers before Puccini was satisfied. Starting with light Viennese comedy at a party at Magda’s, it ends with the emotionally heavy sacrifice, a pastiche of a work, mixing tone and emotions into a rather amorphous whole. The work is marginally redeemed by the sensuous beauty of Puccini’s orchestrations and occasional moments of compelling vocal music, particularly for the soprano.

New York City Opera’s production uses a unit set for the first two acts, the same framework changing from the grand salon of Act I to the music hall gaiety of Act II with some changes of furniture and the addition of a galaxy of colorful Japanese lanterns. The final act setting is a simple garden scene outside the villa near Nice. Costuming is elegant, with pastel gowns for the ladies in Act I to the brassy oranges that dominate the dance hall.

The most memorable aria of the evening comes early in the first act when the poet, Prunier, sits down at the piano to offer his new song (Chi il bel sogno di Doretta pote indovinar?). Here City Opera makes an inexplicable and horrendous blunder in using an electronically amplified piano which produced an ugly, unnatural sound and disturbingly distracted from tenor Tracey Welborn’s delivery of the aria. When Magda gets her chance to sing it, the piano sound is replaced with the full swell of the orchestra. It is an aria of surpassing beauty expressing longing for the passion of young, romantic love. Pamela Armstrong, possessed of an unusually fine soprano instrument, delivered the aria with superb musicality, unforced and elegantly delivered tone, and, alas, a total absence of passion. Only in the second act did she inject some believable emotion into her singing and by the third act it was impossible not to feel genuine sadness at the end of her romance. That it is mere sadness and not tragedy is not the fault of the singer, but the failure of the libretto to create the dramatic arc that would evoke the more profound response.

One could only feel sympathy for the Ruggero of Gerard Powers, whose sweet but extremely light tenor, even with City Opera’s amplification, is overwhelmed by the other singers, the orchestra, and the sheer size of the auditorium. Angela Turner Wilson as Lisette, Magda’s saucy maid, demonstrated a natural comic flair while Welborn’s Prunier edged into hamminess.

Careening as it does between light comedy and rather soapy melodrama, La Rondine ends up working as neither; it is hard to imagine any production that could transcend the weaknesses of the libretto. Though Puccini’s music offers moments of pleasurable listening, the visceral thrill of grand opera remains decidedly absent.

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  • Puccini completed the score of La rondine, to a libretto by Giuseppe Adami in 1916 after two years of work, and it was premiered at the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo on 27 March 1917.Giacomo Puccini-Wikipedia
  • Apart from Massenet, composers whose works had their first performances at Monte Carlo included: Saint-Saëns (Hélène, 1904); Mascagni (Amica, 1905); and Puccini (La rondine, 1917).Opéra de Monte-Carlo-Wikipedia
  • Today, Coutts sponsors productions at the theatre, such as the 2013 production of La rondine.Coutts-Wikipedia
  • At the Met he has also sung the title role in Les contes d'Hoffmann, the Duke in Rigoletto, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, the title role in La clemenza di Tito, and Ruggero in La rondine.Giuseppe Filianoti-Wikipedia
  • In addition, Willner and Reichert were the contracted librettists for Puccini's opera La rondine which was later adapted by Giuseppe Adami.Alfred Maria Willner-Wikipedia
  • In 1926 and in 2002 Franco Alfano and Luciano Berio respectively attempted a completion of Turandot, and in 1994 Lorenzo Ferrero completed the orchestration of the third version of La rondine.Italian opera-Wikipedia
  • He also sang a few Italian roles with success such as Rodolfo, des Grieux, Ruggero, etc. In 1960, he created Gabriel in Frank Martin's Le Mystère de la Nativité.Waldemar Kmentt-Wikipedia
  • She appeared in the title role of Puccini's La rondine in a black-and-white television film in 1958, alongside Giuseppe Gismondo, with orchestra and choir of Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, conducted by Michele Lauro.Rosanna Carteri-Wikipedia
  • He made guest appearances at the Paris Opéra, the Royal Opera House in London, and the Monte Carlo Opera, where he conducted the world premiere of Puccini's La rondine in 1917.Gino Marinuzzi-Wikipedia
  • Still operating as Overture to Opera the company saved the Music Hall from demolition in 1971 and staged its first season there with productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Puccini's La rondine.Michigan Opera Theatre-Wikipedia
  • In 1917, he created the role of Ruggiero in Puccini's La rondine.Tito Schipa-Wikipedia
  • After this she recorded Puccini's La rondine with Angela Gheorghiu for EMI and for 2005's stage production she took Gheorghiu's place in the leading role of Magda during performances in Toulouse and Paris.Inva Mula-Wikipedia
  • He staged Daphne by Richard Strauss at the Vienna State Opera in 2004, Puccini's La rondine at the Metropolitan Opera in 2008, and Faust at the Vienna State Opera the same year.Nicolas Joel-Wikipedia
  • These include Manon Lescaut, La bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La fanciulla del West, La rondine and Turandot, the last two being left unfinished.Italian opera-Wikipedia
  • In addition to the original works listed below, Lorenzo Ferrero completed the orchestration of the third version of the opera La rondine by Giacomo Puccini, which was subsequently premiered at Teatro Regio di Torino on 22 March 1994.Lorenzo Ferrero-Wikipedia
  • Especially acclaimed in the verismo repertory, she was regarded as being Giacomo Puccini's favorite soprano, creating Magda in his La rondine (1917).Gilda dalla Rizza-Wikipedia
  • The group also performed older operas, such as Acis and Galatea, The Beggar's Opera, Idomeneo, Iolanta, La rondine and Trial by Jury, and works by Henry Purcell and Gustav Holst.English Opera Group-Wikipedia
  • Puccini's La rondine released by EMI Classics won Record of the Year in 1997.Angela Gheorghiu-Wikipedia
  • Welitsch was still able to sing roles such as Magda in Puccini's La rondine in Vienna in 1955, and to record the character part of Marianne, the duenna, in Herbert von Karajan's 1956 set of Der Rosenkavalier.Ljuba Welitsch-Wikipedia
  • In 1917 Huberdeau sang the role of Rambaldo Fernandez in the original production of Puccini's La rondine with Opéra de Monte-Carlo.Gustave Huberdeau-Wikipedia
  • He sang in numerous premieres during his 30-year career, including the original production of Puccini's La rondine in 1917.Gustave Huberdeau-Wikipedia
  • Innaurato adapted Puccini's La rondine for Lincoln Center.Albert Innaurato-Wikipedia
  • The operas he has conducted since becoming Music Director include La rondine, Salome, Falstaff, Macbeth, Katya Kabanova and the award-winning Peter Grimes.Richard Farnes-Wikipedia
  • She sang the aria, 'Chi il bel sogno di Doretta?', from La rondine, an opera by Giacomo Puccini, over the closing credits of in 'Irregular Around the Margins,' the fifty-seventh episode of the HBO original series 'The Sopranos.'Ľuba Orgonášová-Wikipedia
  • Kunde studied choral conducting and voice at Illinois State University before making his professional debut in 1978 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as Cassio in Otello, later singing Prunier in La rondine, and Vanya in Katya Kabanova.Gregory Kunde-Wikipedia
  • In 1994, he made his debut at La Scala in Milan with Puccini's La rondine.Nicolas Joel-Wikipedia
  • In the 2007–08 season, Oropesa was seen in the Met's Hansel and Gretel as the Dew Fairy and, in the 2008–09 season, in the role of Lisette in La rondine, opposite Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, and Samuel Ramey in Nicolas Joël's production.Lisette Oropesa-Wikipedia
  • Giuseppe Adami (4 February 1878 – 12 October 1946) was an Italian librettist, playwright and music critic, he was best known for his collaboration with Giacomo Puccini on the operas La rondine (1917), Il tabarro (1918) and Turandot (1926).Giuseppe Adami-Wikipedia
  • In the 2013/14 season, he sang Sulpice Pingot in Donizetti's La Fille du régiment at The Royal Opera, having made his debut there as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and having since sung Rambaldo Fernandez in La rondine.Pietro Spagnoli-Wikipedia
  • Rendall's recordings include Berlioz, Requiem in 1979 conducted by Michael Gielen, Maria Stuarda with Charles Mackerras and the English National Opera in 1982 and La rondine with Lorin Maazel and the London Symphony Orchestra in 1985.David Rendall-Wikipedia

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