La Rondine Opera

  1. La Rondine Giacomo Puccini
  2. La Rondine Opera Libretto

PAST PRODUCTION La rondine Giacomo Puccini 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.

La Rondine was commissioned by the Karlstheatre, Vienna to be an operetta, but Puccini countered and delivered instead a comic opera in 1913. The event of World War 1 caused the premier to be transferred to Monte Carlo where it was initially successful, till it was denounced by the French Press as an “enemy opera“ and it closed. Puccini ° La Rondine Magda, the dazzling courtesan, finds true love with Ruggero during a magical night in Paris. Alas, the soaring music of Puccini belies the heartbreak to come. Featuring the Song of Doretta, perhaps Puccini’s most beautiful aria. La rondine, the swallow, returns to her rich protector. The opera is filled with characteristically Puccinian music, although the only well-known number is the famous Sogno di Dorabella. Angela Gheorghiu performs this beautifully right at the start of the opera.

National Opera 2020 inaugural production of Puccini’s “La Rondine” Postponed

The Board of National Opera has made the difficult decision to postpone the Company’s inaugural production of “La Rondine” postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artistic Director, Peter Coleman-Wright AO said… ‘this was not an easy decision for the Board and myself to make. We held off for as long as we could, hoping we might be able to get “La Rondine” on the stage. However, we feel we needed to ensure the safety of everyone involved and follow the advice coming from the ACT Government‘.


“La Rondine” is to be scheduled for late 2021.

La Rondine Giacomo Puccini

National Opera would like to thank audiences and supporters for their generosity and understanding during this time. All funds raised have been reserved for the 2021 production.

La Rondine Opera Libretto

The further elements of the National Opera 2021 season are set to announced in September 2020.