10 July 2013 at 7.13pm | Comment on this article
Charles Castronovo as Ruggero Lastouc and Angela Gheorghiu as Magda de Civry in La rondine © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013
The annual BP Big Screen events attract thousands, many of whom bring picnics to enjoy while they soak up the unique atmosphere.
La rondine tells the story of elegant courtesan Magda who meets the young and innocent Ruggero. She's smitten and dreams of building a life with him. Her chequered past however, is difficult to escape.
Puccini's score uses a number of popular dances, including the waltz, tango, one-step and foxtrot. It also contains some exquisite arias, including Magda's dreamy 'Chi il bel sogno di Doretta'.
Of Puccini’s composition, Charles Castronovo (Ruggero) says: ‘He has this ability to create a melody that sticks with us immediately. Puccini really thinks about the voice…it’s very satisfying to sing’.
A difficult role
Angela Gheorghiu, who will sing the role of Magda during the relay, says that the role is one of the most difficult she has sung. 'Your voice needs to be very clean and very soft from the first note to the last,' she says.
Tell us what you think
On the day of performance, we’ll be giving an exclusive look into preparations through our social media activity so be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook before the big day. We’ll be using the hashtag #BPbigscreens so tweet us your thoughts, as well as a picture of your picnic to be in for a chance of winning a picnic hamper.
Watch the trailer:
La rondine is sponsored by Coutts. Generous philanthropic support was given by Mr and Mrs Christopher W.T. Johnston and The American Friends of Covent Garden.