La Rondine, © Finnish National Opera

Finnish National Opera: La Rondine

The Finnish National Opera presents "La Rondine" (The Swallow), a light opera Puccini himself claimed to be his favourite among all his works!

Magda, a kept woman in high society, disguises herself as a wanton working‐class girl and falls in love with a callow youth. He asks her to marry him, but Magda cannot escape her past.

Puccini became acquainted with operettas in Vienna in 1913. To his astonishment, the impresarios wished to commission him to write an operetta. What Puccini eventually wrote was a light opera, premiered in Monte Carlo in 1917. He was so pleased with it that he declared it to be his favourite among all his works!

Some feel that La rondine is a genre in itself in the history of opera. It is unmistakeably Puccini in its lovely melodies, exquisite orchestration and skilful handling of drama in music.

Conductor: Pietro Rizzo
Director: Jussi Tapola
Sets and costumes: Mark Väisänen
Lighting design: Thomas Hase
Choreography: Aita Vuolanto

Performed in Italian, with surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English.

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