La Rondine

Music by

Giacomo Puccini

Metropolitan Opera

New York, NY

Wednesday December 31, 2008 - 8:00 PM
Saturday January 3, 2009 - 8:00 PM
Wednesday January 7, 2009 - 8:00 PM
Saturday January 10, 2009 - 1:00 PM
Tuesday January 13, 2009 - 8:00 PM
Wednesday February 11, 2009 - 8:00 PM
Saturday February 14, 2009 - 8:00 PM
Wednesday February 18, 2009 - 8:00 PM
Monday February 23, 2009 - 8:00 PM
Thursday February 26, 2009 - 8:00 PM


Magda  Angela Gheorghiu
Lisette  Lisette Oropesa
Ruggero  Roberto Alagna
Prunier  Marius Brenciu
Rambaldo  Samuel Ramey


Marco Armiliato


Nicolas Joël

Set Designer

Ezio Frigerio


Franca Squarciapino


Duane Schuler


 Puccini’s achingly beautiful score charmingly conveys the plight of Magda (the “swallow” of the title) who unexpectedly finds true love with the handsome young Ruggero. But their idyllic and happy life comes to an premature end as she is haunted by the fear that her checkered past will ruin his future. Real-life couple and operatic stars Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna portray Puccini’s star-crossed lovers. Ezio Frigerio’s elegant and sophisticated art deco sets add a dazzling touch to Nicholas Joël’s production, which premiered in 2008. 

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Puccini and Operetta? He Does It His Way

...and the coloratura soprano Lisette Oropesa as, appropriately, Lisette offer sweet, lively and well-sung portrayals.

—  Anthony Tommasini  •  New York Times

Performance History

Lisette has given 10 performances as Lisette.