Opera

Puccini's La rondine

Rolando Villazón (stage director), Roberto Rizzi Brignoli (music direction) – With Dinara Alieva (Magda) and Charles Castronovo (Ruggero)

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Cast

Rolando Villazón — Stage director
Johannes Leiacker — Set designer
Brigitte Reiffenstuel — Costumes
Dinara Alieva — Magda
Alexandra Hutton — Lisette
Charles Castronovo — Ruggero
Álvaro Zambrano — Prunier
Stephen Bronk — Rambaldo
Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Roberto Rizzi Brignoli — Conductor

Program notes

A century after its composition, Puccini’s La rondine (“The Swallow”) finally finds its deserving place in the modern opera houses with this new production directed by Mexican star opera tenor Rolando Villazón! The opera’s title will be familiar to connoisseurs of the soprano bel canto repertoire, who will recognize one of the most beautiful arias ever written, “Ch'il bel sogno di Doretta”. In this production, the multifaceted tenor, host, writer, and artistic director Rolando Villazón give a fresh coat of paint to a work whose central dilemma recalls that of another operatic masterpiece, La Traviata: Magda, nicknamed “l’hirondelle” (“swallow” in Italian) must choose between a Parisian banker Rambaldo and her true love Ruggero. Puccini’s beguiling musical score and the opera’s straightforward plot mesh well with this productions innovative staging to create true bel canto magic!

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Directed by:
Ernestine Böttcher
Venue: Deutsche Oper Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
Production date: 2015
Duration: 1 h 44 min
Production: © Zenon-Lex Law bureau
Available subtitle(s): EN, FR, De
Resolution: Full HD

Available until

Monday, June 30, 2025