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La Bohème (2 CD) - Met Historic Radio Broadcast
La Bohème (2 CD)
This complete live recording is taken from the Met's historic Saturday afternoon radio performances and is newly remastered from the original February 15, 1958, broadcast. This brand new multi-disc set represents its first official release on CD.
The New York Times says, "And speaking of La Bohème, the series offers an affecting performance from 1958 with Licia Albanese as Mimi, Carlo Bergonzi as Rodolfo and the conductor Thomas Schippers, 27 at the time, drawing a buoyant and glowing performance from the Met orchestra."
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Release Date: 1/25/11
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Sony Masterworks
The passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys
and sorrows of love and loss. World premiere: Teatro Regio, Turin, 1896. Met premiere: Los Angeles (on tour), November 9, 1900.
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
The libretto sets the action in Paris, circa 1830. This is not a random setting, but rather reflects the issues and concerns of a particular time when, following the upheavals of revolution and war, French artists had lost their traditional support base of aristocracy and church. The story centers on self-conscious youth at odds with mainstream society—a Bohemian ambience that is clearly recognizable in any modern urban center.
With more than 1200 performances, La Bohème is the most frequently staged opera at the Met.
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