Cast of La Rondine

La Rondine stars Eileen Meredith, Liz Russ, Alex Boyer, and Sergio Gonzalez.

Puccini, Modernism & La Rondine

Giacomo Puccini as a modernist; influenced by the Viennese School in tonality and by Debussy in harmony and orchestration?

March 2019, La Rondine by Puccini Press Release

March 2019 La Rondine by Giacomo Puccini, Press Release


Island City Opera proudly announces that it will present four performances of Giacomo Puccini’s “La Rondine” (The Swallow), a comic operetta in three acts, March 8-17, 2019, at the Alameda Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA.   The opera will be sung in the original Italian with English supertitles, fully staged and costumed, and will be performed with a complete orchestra led by music director Jonathan Khuner, directed by Jane Hammett.

BACKGROUND:  Puccini was commissioned by the Carltheater in Vienna to compose a Viennese operetta in the style of Der Rosenkavalier.  The planned premiere in Vienna was prevented by World War I and Italy’s alliance against Austria-Hungary; hence the premiere was held instead at the Opera de Monte-Carlo in 1917.


“La Rondine” is set in Paris and on the French Riviera.   Rambaldo and his mistress Magda are entertaining their artistic, if jaded, friends when Prunier the poet declares that romantic love is back in fashion. Magda’s response is one of Puccini’s most beautiful – and difficult – arias, “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta”.  Thus the scene is set for a love story in operetta form.

Prunier pursues his love (Lisette, Magda’s maid) and Magda falls in love with Ruggero, a student whom she meets at the party.  The scene changes to Bullier’s, a restaurant alive with a crowd of artists, students, and young people. Mistaken identity, lush lyrical singing, and beautifully flowing music follow.

Performance Calendar

Opening Night Friday, March 8th, 2019 at 7:30PM

Sunday Matinee, March 10th, 2019 at 2:00PM

Friday Date Night, March 15th, 2019 at 7:30PM

Closing Matinee, Sunday March 17th, 2019 at 2:00PM

Opera run time is approximately 2 hours

Anchor Society Lectures

Island City Opera’s Anchor Society invites you to join them for the Anchor Society Lectures held one hour prior to the curtain.

Seating & Prices





Single Performance Tickets:

  • Cafe Table Seats $60,
  • Group Table Seats $60, Discount available for purchase of an entire table in a single transaction, call the box office.
  • Sofa Seats $45,
  • General Admission: Adults $40, Seniors $36, Students (13 to 21) $10, Children 12 and under $0

Discount Season Passes1 ticket any Performance of each show, 10% discount on Single Performance Ticket

  • Group Table Seats $108 and
  • Front Row Cafe Tables $108,
  • Reserved Sofa Seats $81,
  • General Admission seats $72.

General admissions seats can be reserved for Production Sponsors and Press only.

Wheelchairs will be accommodated on the outside aisles. Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on the center aisle due to fire code.

Families with small children sit at the rear of the house on the elevated pews so the kids can see over the crowd. We love to have children at our shows!

LATE SEATING POLICY: All late arrivals, regardless of ticketed seating section, will be seated in the Late Seating area near the Ballroom entrance to minimize disruption for the rest of the patrons.

Drinks & Concessions

Drinks will be on sale at the Bar at the rear of the Ballroom before the performance and during intermission and immediately afterwards.  Wine will be on sale from the rolling bar near the stage before the curtain and during intermission.

Concessions will be on sale before the performance and during intermission from a variety of concessionaires who will be announce via email prior to the performance.