- La Bohème
I always come close to tears when I watch this opera. The tragedy of illness, death, and the end of a relationship that hardly began is very moving.
The performers on this DVD are:
Angela Gheorghiu (Mimi), Ramón Vargas (Rodolfo), Ludovic Tézier (Marcello), Ainhoa Arteta (Musetta), Oren Gradus (Colline), Quinn Kelsey (Schaunard), Paul Plishka (Benoit/Alcindoro), Meredith Derr (Parpignol), Robert Maher (Sergente dei doganieri), Richard Pearson (Un doganiere)
And the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by Nicola Luisotti
Angela Gheorghiu leads a magnificent cast in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème – filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera in Hi-Definition.
La Bohème, set in Paris around 1830, depicts a society filled with conflict. Amid this turmoil, it is the love that blossoms between two young people in a time that appears both bleak and turbulent that makes this story so very special.
Mimì and Rodolfo, sung by Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas respectively, charm us with their portrayal of the young couple that fall in love.
This is a touching, passionate, and unforgettable story depicting the joys and sorrows of love and loss.
DVD Subtitles: Italian (sung), English, German, French, Spanish
From the Penguin Guide, 2011 edition:
“Zeffirelli’s extraordinary set…is still unsurpassed…A triumph, and wonderfully enjoyable to watch and listen to.”
Here is Angela Gheorghiu in La Boheme:
And next, here are Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, and we hear from La Boheme their Duet, ‘Sono andati’.
Tags: La Boheme, Angela Gheorghiu, Franco Zeffirelli, Metropolitan Opera