La rondine

22 and 23 July at 19:00,  25 July matinée 14:00
The Coade Theatre, Bryanston, Dorset
With English surtitles | 600-seat theatre | full orchestra | chorus of 70

Brief Synopsis

La rondine (The Swallow) was intended to be an operetta – or at least, that’s what Puccini’s publisher had requested from him. Set in Paris, it tells the story of the beautiful courtesan, Magda, who is hosting a party for a few close friends. Her guests include the poet, Prunier, whose writing block she cures, her protector, Rambaldo, and a surprise visitor, Ruggero. After a while, Ruggero suggests they go out to the most fashionable nightclub and, whilst several guests accompany him there, Magda, who at first declines, decides to dress in disguise and follow them. Naturally, as with all Puccini operas, the two are destined to fall in love. They begin life together on the Riviera but, when Ruggero talks of marriage, Magda, haunted by the thought that he or his family might discover her past life, decides to tell him everything. Rather like Verdi’s Violetta, she goes against her ardent desires for the sake of Ruggero’s family name. She opts to return, swallow-like, to Paris and to the arms of her old admirer.

Cast & Creative Team

Magda de Civry, a courtesan tbc
Lisette, her maid tbc
Ruggero Lastouc, her new lover tbc
Prunier, a poet tbc
Rambaldo Fernandez, Magda’s protector tbc
Périchaud tbc
Gobin tbc
Crébillon tbc
Rabonnier tbc
Yvette tbc
Bianca tbc
Suzy tbc
A butler tbc
A voice tbc
Conductor José Miguel Esandi
Director Christopher Cowell
Designer tbc
Costume Realisation tbc
Lighting designer tbc
Chorus Master Stephen Harris
Orchestra Leader David Spencer