9 April 2013 at 12.48pm | 7 Comments
Ahead of the return of Nicolas Joël's production of Puccini's La rondine, we spoke to soprano Angela Gheorghiu about reprising the role of Magda with The Royal Opera.
'I think it's one of the most difficult operas that I've sung,' says Angela, 'your voice needs to be very clean and very soft from the first note to the last.'
Angela pointed out La rondine's parallels with Verdi's La traviata: 'I enjoy singing Magda because it's the opposite to traviata. Puccini and Verdi wrote in a similar way - she's the same girl - but Puccini saves her so I don't have to die at the end!'
La rondine runs from 5 - 21 July. Tickets are on sale now. The production is sponsored by Coutts. Generous philanthropic support was given by Mr and Mrs Christopher W.T. Johnston and The American Friends of Covent Garden.