La Bohème (Blu-ray) - Yoncheva, Castronovo

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La Bohème (Blu-ray) - Yoncheva, Castronovo

Sonya Yoncheva and Charles Castronovo lead an award-winning cast in Richard Jones’s acclaimed production of Puccini’s most heartrending opera.

Emmanuel Villaume conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Royal Opera Chorus in some of the composer’s most luscious and memorable music. Spectacular designs by Stewart Laing for this Royal Opera production set the passion, friendship, comedy and tragedy in late 19th-century Paris.

The production evokes the vulnerability of youth amid the harshness and glamour of the big city, and contrasts the poverty of the bohemians’s attic home with the splendor of Paris’s shopping arcades on Christmas Eve.

  • Duration: approx. 118 minutes
  • Audio: LPCM 2.0  DTS DigitalSurround 5.1 (DVD) LPCM 2.0  DTS Master Audio 5.1 (Blu-ray)
  • Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, JP, KO
  • FSK: 0

Artists:
Charles Castronovo
Sonya Yoncheva
Andrzej Filonczyk
Simona Mihai
Gyula Nagy
Peter Kellner
Jeremy White
Eddie Wade
Andrew Macnair
Royal Opera Chorus
Chorus Master William Spaulding
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Director: Richard Jones
Set Designer: Stewart Laing
Lighting Designer: Mimi Jordan Sherin
Movement Director: Sarah Fahie
Directed for the Screen by Jonathan Haswell



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History

La Bohème


One of the most popular operas of all time, Giacomo Puccini’s timeless masterpiece, La Bohème made its world première on February 1,1896, at the Teatro Regio in Turin, where it was conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini.

Set in Paris, in the 1830s, the near-destitute artist Marcello and poet Rodolfo try to keep warm on Christmas Eve in their Latin Quarter garret by feeding the stove with pages from Rodolfo’s latest drama. When Mimì, their neighbor, knocks on the door asking to borrow a candle she and Rodolfo
meet. Thus begins a fateful relationship as the two struggle to sustain their love against the challenges of poverty, jealousy and physical decline.

The Metropolitan Opera staged La Bohème for the first time on December 26,1900, with Luigi Mancinelli conducting. Since then it has been performed at the Met over a thousand times. Its 2018/2019 season production was hailed by the New York Times as “A thrilling La Bohème … radiating warmth … luxury cast”.

Puccini died in Brussels on November 29, 1924. The news of his death reached Rome during a performance of La Bohème. The opera was immediately stopped and the orchestra played Chopin’s Funeral March for the stunned audience.

 

 

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