La Rondine is a poignant, wistful and romantic masterpiece from the composer of La bohème, Giacomo Puccini.
Melbourne / Naarm
Thursday 8 August & Saturday 10 August, 2024, 7.30 pm
Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
2 hours and 20 minutes, including an interval
Puccini’s gift for mesmerising melodies captures the essence of romance and love at first sight between a Parisian courtesan, Magda, and her naive and ardent admirer Ruggero. Magda, a metaphorical swallow, is torn between the life she needs and the life she knows.
Puccini’s exquisite score is warm and sensually delicate. It vividly shapes the characters and choruses, evoking the beguiling essence of Parisian life. La Rondine navigates a spectrum of emotions from the gaiety of the City of Love, the bittersweet sorrow of regret, and the sensuality of young love.
Puccini’s late masterpiece, brimming with themes of youth, passion and heartbreak, will rekindle your understanding of what it truly means to be alive and in love.
Cast & Creative
Conductor Tobias Ringborg
Director Stuart Maunder
Set and Costume Designer Richard Roberts
Lighting Designer Gavan Swift
Associate Designer Louisa Fitzgerald
Magda Kiandra Howarth
Ruggero Kang Wang
Lisette Nina Korbe
Rambaldo Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Victorian Opera Chorus