La rondine (the swallow)
This is the tragic love story of a kept woman, Madga, who leaves her protector and a life of luxury in pursuit of true love. La rondine means â€œthe swallowâ€ and refers to a prediction made early in the opera that although Magda may spread her wings in search of love and romance, she, like the swallow, will return to the life she knows.
La rondine will feature an FGO favorite – Cuban-born, Miami-raised soprano Elizabeth Caballero – in the role of Madga. Known for her â€œlustrous lyric soprano â€¦ strong, clean technique and vocal control,â€ as written by South Florida Classical Review, her last appearances with FGO include MimÃ¬ in La BohÃ¨me, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, and Liu in Turandot, which South Florida Classical Review called a â€œmeltingly effective vocal performance â€¦ [with] warm, middle-range tones and floating high notes.â€
She will be joined by Portuguese tenor Bruno Ribeiro as Ruggero and Corinne Winters as Lisette. Ribeiro has been praised for â€œcourage, dedication and a well-projected lyrical voice with firm, sharp tones,â€ according to the Spanish newspaper La RazÃ³n. Most recently, Winters made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in the 2010-2011 season as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto and returned to the company shortly after for their new production of Das Rheingold.
FGO Music Director Ramon Tebar, who previously stood at the FGO podium for Lucia di Lammermoor and Turandot, will conduct this production. Nicola Bowie, who directed FGOâ€™s 2008 La bohÃ¨me, returns as the Stage Director for La rondine.
This opera is sung in Italian with projected translations in English and Spanish. It plays at the Arsht Center on Jan. 21, 24, 27, 29 as well Feb. 1 and 4. Tickets as low as $11. For more information, please visit www.FGO.org or call the FGO Box Office at 1- 800-741-1010.