A star was born. Doesn’t happen often. At the Met they usually appear, already shining. Pitch up for an opera. Excellent singers, great orchestra, terrific show, but no zingers. La Rondine, Puccini’s lightweight ‘operetta’, or so cognoscenti sniffers would have it, was a first for me. Had been advised, nothing special.

With renowned soprano Angel Blue singing the lead role of Magda it was certainly worth a look. Other Met debut singers to entice, but unfamiliar.