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Puccini's La Rondine Tickets

Soprano Angel Blue stars in this rare Parisian opera of love and excess.
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About Puccini's La Rondine

Puccini’s bittersweet love story makes a rare Met appearance, with soprano Angel Blue starring as the French courtesan Magda, opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelman in his highly anticipated company debut as Ruggero, an idealistic young man who offers her an alternative to her life of excess. Maestro Speranza Scappucci conducts Nicolas Joël’s Art Deco–inspired staging, which transports audiences from the heart of Parisian nightlife to a dreamy vision of the French Riviera. In their Met debuts, soprano Emily Pogorelc and tenor Bekhzod Davronov complete the sterling cast as Lisette and Prunier.

Initially conceived as an operetta before receiving the full operatic treatment, this bittersweet love story is the least-known work of the mature Giacomo Puccini, largely due to the circumstances of its premiere: Italy and Austria became enemies during World War I, precluding a Vienna premiere, and the opera quietly opened in neutral Monte Carlo, never finding a permanent place in the repertoire. That loss is scandalous, since La Rondine, judged on its own merits rather than compared to other operas with similar themes, is a fascinating work—featuring an abundance of exuberant waltzes, a lightness of tone (particularly in the intoxicating first two acts), and a romantic vision of Paris and the south of France.

Run time

2hr 45min. Incl. 1 intermission.

Start date

March 26th, 2024

End date

April 20th, 2024

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72 Reviews

Betsy 2

Betsy 2

210 Reviews | 141 Followers
80
Great singing by soloists and chorus

See it if you want to hear pretty music sung well, and would appreciate the fact that it’s relatively short, for an opera.

Don’t see it if you want the thrills grand opera can provide. This is more of an operetta (which is fine in its own way).

TallErnie

TallErnie

298 Reviews | 39 Followers
87
Funny, Minimal plot, but very pretty music, Great singing, Great staging, Starts as a comedy, ends as a (minor) tragedy.

See it if The music is great. Likewise the singing/sets. There are a few laugh out loud moments here. It's among the shortest operas the Met does.

Don’t see it if The story is VERY slight, even by opera standards, and it's short (again: by opera standards). If you want something epic, this isn't it.

Richard 129440

Richard 129440

459 Reviews | 89 Followers
80
Must see, Resonant, Romantic, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Elegant production of little seen Puccini gem w/outstanding performances from all principles Blue's soprano & Tetelman's (debut) tenor shine

Don’t see it if Don't expect the pyrotechnics of Boheme; this started out as an operetta & while 'fleshed-out' still feels a little diminutive but sublime

Dr Paul

Dr Paul

406 Reviews | 96 Followers
80
Romantic, Great orchestra, Great music, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you like Puccini, enjoy grand opera with top notch singers, are an Angel Blue fan, or want to see a mostly romantic comic short opera

Don’t see it if you prefer tragic dramatic long operas

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Venue

Metropolitan Opera House

30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY, United States, 10023

Accessibility

Elevator access, wheelchair access, accessible listening devices, Braille and large print programs

Tickets

Unfortunately, tickets for this event are no longer available.

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