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LA RONDINE

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La rondine

Opera

La rondine

Giacomo Puccini
From 4 to 20 April 2024

Opera in three acts

Libretto by Giuseppe Adami

Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and Chorus

Teatro alla Scala New Production

Critical edition curated by Ditlev Rindom

ConductorRICCARDO CHAILLY
StagingIRINA BROOK
Sets and costumesPATRICK KINMONTH
Lighting designerMARCO FILIBECK
ChoreographyPAUL PUI WO LEE

Cast

Magda Mariangela Sicilia
Lisette Rosalia Cid
Ruggero Matteo Lippi
Prunier Giovanni Sala
Rambaldo Pietro Spagnoli
Périchaud William Allione*
Gobin Pierluigi D'Aloia*
Crébillon Wonjun Jo*
Yvette Aleksandrina Mihaylova
Bianca Martina Russomanno
Suzy Andrea Niño
Adolfo Renis Hyka
Georgette (a grisette) Cristina Injeong Hwang
Gabriella (a grisette) Serena Pasquini
Lolette (a grisette) Silvia Spruzzola
A young man Luca Di Gioia
Rabonnier Giordano Rossini
A student Andrea Semeraro
Distant voice Michele Mauro
A butler Giuseppe Capoferri / Corrado Cappitta
Three ladies Sarah Park, Alessandra Fratelli,
Vittoria Vimercati

*Students of the Teatro alla Scala Academy

In brief

Riccardo Chailly continues his reconnaissance of the Puccini catalogue in the centennial of the composer’s death with one of his less frequently performed titles. A work that was long and difficult to create, La rondine is Puccini’s response to a request for an operetta from the Carltheater of Vienna in 1914: later re-thinkings and world events—most notably the outbreak of the First World War—transformed the project, which was finally premiered in Monte-Carlo in 1917. The ambiguous nature of the opera initially compromised its audience appeal, but the agonizing desperation of the melancholic score, running under a surface of sublime elegance, is now better appreciated, as did Gianandrea Gavazzeni, who conducted it in 1994.