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PHOTOS: Minnesota Opera’s La Rondine Takes Flight

Celine Bryne as Magda, Leonardo Capalbo as Ruggero, and the Minnesota Opera Chorus in Minnesota Opera’s new production of Puccini’s La Rondine.

Minnesota Opera’s 2018-2019 season kicks off tonight with Giacomo Puccini’s La Rondine, a tale of new love and spectres of the past. [Editor’s note: Naturally, this plot has no bearing at all on our 100% non-judgmental society, sex shame-less society of today.] Here’s a look at the production.


Irish soprano Celine Byrne as Magda, the titular swallow (“rondine”) of the opera. Over the last year, Byrne has sung Puccini roles in Ireland and Austria, and Mozart roles in Germany, Israel – and a little Sound of Music in Ireland for good measure. Photo by Cory Weaver.
Leonardo Capalbo (center) as Ruggero in La Rondine. Capalbo was recently featured on the cover of Classical Singer magazine. Photo by Cory Weaver.
La Rondine unfolds in the middle of an expansive, lavish party. Lisa Marie Rogali as Lisette and Christian Sanders as Prunier. Photo by Cory Weaver.
Celine Byrne as Magda is the center of attention. Photo by Cory Weaver.

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