Puccini's La Rondine DVD,
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This review is from: Puccini: La rondine - Live from the Met [DVD]  [NTSC] (DVD)
I recently saw this opera at Covent Garden, with the same lead soprano, Angela Gheorghiu, singing, and the same fantastic stage sets. I was bowled over at The Garden, and enjoyed this Met recording just as much. (it is the same production). The music is delightful, and the acting first rate. Angela Gheorghiu's singing is so relaxed and yet "spot-on", with apparently so little effort to send every word to the back of the house. With so many awful "modern" productions of operas on the market these days, how wonderful to get hold of one which is totally sympathetic to the composer's original. I would recommend this wholeheartedly, to beginners or experienced old-hands.