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la rondine

By perchblackpowder
Written June 26, 2014
Glorious Puccini music... a lustrous cast at the top of their game performing this classic tale. we loved it from overture to finale. Sets, haut art nouveau, costumes stunningly beautiful. The lovers...Magda and Ruggero, Lisette and Prunier sang their romantic hearts out to the audience. Direction, blocking and cinematography were perfect. this performance, of January 2009 was rewarded at the finale with bouquets of flowers tossed to the stage, (no longer seen at the Met) for diva Gheorghiu and her stage lover Alagna. We were, of course, also aware as we watched of the real life back story of their personal relationship and its incipient debacle. this was a gem of a Rondine. We are so happy to have been there for its reprise. cinq etoiles *****
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Spectacular but?...

By sumeto
Written June 26, 2014
This was beautifully staged, great sets, great costumes; but I didn't like Christine Opalais's voice well enough to listen to it for such long spells. This is just personal preference I guess. But if you're indifferent to her particular tone, style or phrasing, you'll find this hard to get into, b/c Magda (la Rondine) dominates the opera.
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La Rondine

By kmontewhite
Written June 26, 2014
Bringing opera to the big screen expands the opportunity for multitudes to enjoy this wonderful form of entertainment. Traveling to your local movie theater to experience an opera can be done with such ease. The tickets are a fraction of the cost of say, the Kennedy Center, Lyric. etc. Transportation to the theater venue and the cost of parking are practically non-issues. Besides, as in my case, the seating is so much more preferable than at most live opera venues--even when you score the best tickets available. For me, the experience in the local theater is nearly as realistically presented as live presentations. I am grateful to have this wonderful opportunity to see a range of operas throughout the season. If the performance of La Rondine is an example, there will be much to enjoy as the scenery, costumes, voices are top notch. Thank you for this great opportunity.
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I probably would have liked it a lot ...

By jmpsfs
Written June 26, 2014
But the Regal Hollywood 20 in Sarasota had a software breakdown and instead the (anxious) audience got to see 15 or 20 minutes of a sleazy home-refinance commercial, played at the volume of a fire alarm horn (which is the theater's usual mode, BTW). It took management a half-hour to tell us there would be no opera.
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La Rondine'

By drursu
Written June 26, 2014
We were not happy with this "operetta". While it was from 2009, that was not a problem -- the voices were not outstanding for the Met, and a younger, barefoot Magda would have been more believable..
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