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Although one of his most consistently lyrical operas, La rondine (The Swallow) remains one of Puccini’s least known.
Dissatisfied with the result of his work, Puccini wrote three versions, with two different endings, and continued to make further revisions up to his death in 1924.
The innovative 2007 production at the Torre del Lago Giacomo Puccini Festival, presented here, is in effect a fourth version, which combines Acts I and II of the first version (1917), with Lorenzo Ferrero’s 1994 orchestration of parts of the Finale of Act III of the incomplete third version (1921), some of which had survived only in piano score, as well as Ruggero’s Act I romanza, ‘Parigi è la città dei desideri’, from the second version (1920).
Giacomo Puccini: La rondine
Act I: Prelude
Act I: Ah! no! no!… Non dite questo (Yvette, Bianca, Prunier, Magda, Lisette, Suzy, Rambaldo)
Act I: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (Prunier, Magda)
Act II: Nella trepida luce d'un mattin (Soprano Voices)
Act II: Paulette!… Un momento! (Ruggero, Magda)
Act III: Prelude
Act III: Ah!… Il nostro nido e nido di baci (Magda, Ruggero)
Act III: Che c'e?… chi e la? (Magda, Ruggero, Fleury, Mariette, Roro)
Act III: O mia povera cara… (Ruggero, Magda)
Act III: Dimmi che vuoi seguirmi (Ruggero)
Act III: Che piu dirgli?… (Magda)
Act III: E qui? Non so! (Lisette, Prunier)
Act III: No! Non m'inganno (Lisette, Prunier, Servant)
Act III: Ma come, voi vi ricordate ancora (Magda, Lisette, Prunier)
Act III: Mi dia da fare subito! (Lisette, Magda)
Act III: Che volete da me? (Magda, Rambaldo)
Act III: Son di moda a Parigi (Rambaldo)
Act III: Lui!… Lui!… Vi supplico! (Magda, Ruggero)
Act III: Non maledire, ascolta (Magda, Ruggero)
Act III: O mia Lisette! (Magda, Lisette)
“This live performance has plenty of energy. As Magda, Svetla Vassileva… rises to the challenge, and brings a considerable amount of feeling to the anguish of the final scene. As always the big ensemble in the dance-hall scene in Act 2 goes with a terrific swing, Alberto Veronesi leading the Puccini Festival Orchestra with obvious relish. Anyone with a keen interest in Puccini's work will want to hear this.”
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