Puccini may well have gotten the more credible ending: rather than letting loose a powerful high note and then dying of tuberculosis, La rondine's heroine simply takes a wistful leave of her beloved, acknowledging that she can be a lover but never a wife.
Ver‹nica Villarroel stars as the experienced Magda, with Massimo Giordano as her adored Ruggero; tenor Gordon Gietz plays the poet Prunier, with soprano Caroline Worra as his lover and prot_g_e, Lisette; baritone Kelly Anderson is Rambaldo, Magda's sugar daddy. Stephen Lord, music director of Boston Lyric Opera, conducts the chorus and orchestra of The Dallas Opera; the staging — of which we offer some photos below — is directed by Michael Scarola, with choreography by Candace Evans.
La rondine — a Dallas Opera premiere — runs for four performances: January 26, 28 and 31 and February 3 at the Fair Park Music Hall. For more information, visit www.dallasopera.org.
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All photos by Karen Almond for The Dallas Opera.