"La Rondine" returned to the Met for the first time since 1936. Nicolas Joël's new production, originally staged at London's Royal Opera House, opened with a gala performance on New Year's Eve. "I have always been of the opinion that it's one of the most imporant works of Puccini," Gheorghiu says. "I can't tell you why it's so rare. For me it isn't. It was the first opera I ever recorded in a studio. It's Puccini's most modern opera."
Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna have almost singlehandedly revived the popularity of Puccini’s "La Rondine". The New York Daily News reads on January 6, 2009: "Gheorghiu's vocal performance is heartfelt and beautifully phrased".
Another Romanian singer, tenor Marius Brenciu is making his Metropolitan debut with the part of Prunier in this unique production of "La Rondine".