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London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Antonio Pappano

Puccini's La rondine

Sir Antonio Pappano conducting the LSO on the Barbican stage, holding a baton, with LSO string players in the foreground of the image and audience members in the background.

La rondine, Puccini’s story of love thwarted by society’s conventions, an opera glowing with melody and orchestral colour.

If you picture a stolen kiss between two well-dressed Edwardians in an Italian poppy field, you will probably find yourself humming 'Chi il Bel Sogno di Doretta'  from Puccini’s opera La rondine. The famous scene from the film A Room with a View brilliantly captures the opera’s central theme: longing for love against a background of family disapproval.  

Sir Antonio Pappano’s first encounter with the LSO was recording La rondine at Abbey Road Studios in 1996. ‘I’ll never forget the first down beat,’ he says, ‘when the Orchestra just exploded with activity and panache and derring-do.’ He returns to this work nearly 30 years later, in his first season as Chief Conductor, sharing his love of Italian opera in this full-bloodedly romantic score, with a matchless cast of singers.

Concert performance with surtitles.

This performance will end at approximately 9.05pm, including a 20-minute interval (timings subject to change).

Produced by the London Symphony Orchestra



Guaranteed entry to the concert – your seat will only be allocated on the day of the performance. You could be placed anywhere in the Hall, in seats worth at least £18. Book early for the best price – following an initial allocation Wildcards may rise in price from £12 to £16.

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