What do young men know of love? Nothing, and so Ruggero falls head-over-heels in love with the glamorous Magda. Little does he know that this sophisticated, charming woman is a courtesan; for her part, Magda enjoys Ruggero's company too much to tell him the truth. Hopelessly besotted, Ruggero whisks her away from Paris for a simple life of love on the French Riviera. But Magda can't shake her doubts about the fate of their relationship when Ruggero eventually learns her secret. Giacomo Puccini's La Rondine may be considered a "lesser" Puccini, but it's still a bittersweet tale with beautiful music. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis opens its seven-performance run of La Rondine at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Loretto-Hilton Center on Webster University's campus (130 Edgar Road; 314-961-0644 or www.opera-stl.org). Tickets are $25 to $125.
Sat., May 30, 8 p.m.; Wed., June 3, 8 p.m.; Fri., June 12, 8 p.m.; Thu., June 18, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 20, 1 p.m.; Wed., June 24, 1 p.m.; Sun., June 28, 7 p.m., 2015