La Bohème (DVD) - Ilincai, Gerzmava

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La Bohème (DVD) - Ilincai, Gerzmava

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Release Date: July 27, 2010
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Artists:
Teodor Ilincai
Hibla Gerzmava
Gabriele Viviani
Inna Dukach
Orchestra: Royal Opera House Orchestra
Label: Opus Arte
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Region: All regions
Run time: 121 mins.
Number of discs: 1 DVD

This is the magnificent 2009 recording of the Royal Opera’s production of Puccini’s famous opera, La Bohème.

The performances here are first-rate. Romanian, Teodor Ilincai’s voice, possessing a brilliant timbre soars with Italian lyricism; Russian soprano, Hibla Gerzmava is a vocally winning Mimi, singing with a lush warm tone; soprano, Inna Dukach (Musetta) delivers a passionate Quando M’en Vo and Gabriele Viviani is an engaging Marcello.

It is a refreshingly traditional production, which holds its own amidst a sea of re-imaginings and explodes with boisterous, youthful energy under Nelsons’s leadership hitting all the emotional high points.

 



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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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