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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Florida Grand Opera- La Rondine- January 21st-February 4th

In 1913, Giacomo Puccini was approached in Vienna about composing an operetta, and having come to know and admire the work of Franz Lehár, he accepted the challenge. La rondine’s premiere took place at the opera house in Monte Carlo in 1917, and although it never attained the popularity of many of Puccini’s other works, it has recently enjoyed considerable new interest, attracting leading singers in productions at major opera houses. Magda’s aria “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” is one of Puccini’s most beautiful and is justifiably famous. La rondine means “the swallow” and refers to a prediction made early in the opera that although Magda may spread her wings in search of love and romance, she, like the swallow, will return to the place and life that she knows.

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