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Patricia Racette was Magda de Civry, the 'swallow', who leaves her older, rich lover for a handsome but poor young gentleman who eventually rejects her. She looked the part and most of her singing was pleasant but, unfortunately, a few of her high notes were a tiny bit below pitch. As her young paramour, Ruggero Lastouc, Marcus Haddock cut a fine figure, singing with robust tones and portraying his role with conviction.

Greg Fedderly, Angel Blue and Karen Vuong in the Los Angeles Opera production of Puccini's 'La Rondine'. Photo © 2008 Robert Millard
Greg Fedderly, Angel Blue and Karen Vuong in the Los Angeles Opera production of Puccini's 'La Rondine'. Photo © 2008 Robert Millard

As the opera's secondary romantic couple, Prunier and Lisette, Amanda Squitieri and Greg Fedderly were impressive; although any comedy about Lisette, a maid, having borrowed her employer's gown is rather old. Squitieri sang with a radiant silver sound and Fedderly was a valiant beau who sang with polished notes. Veteran artist David Pittsinger was a good looking, intense Rambaldo who probably would have taken Magda back if she had chosen to return to him.

David Pittsinger and Patricia Racette in the Los Angeles Opera production of Puccini's 'La Rondine'. Photo © 2008 Robert Millard
David Pittsinger and Patricia Racette in the Los Angeles Opera production of Puccini's 'La Rondine'. Photo © 2008 Robert Millard

 

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