Puccini: La Bohème (DVD) – Teodor Ilincai, Hibla Gerzmava

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Puccini: La Bohème (DVD) – Teodor Ilincai, Hibla Gerzmava

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Artists: Teodor Ilincai, Hibla Gerzmava, Gabriele Viviani, Inna Dukach, Kostas Smoriginas, Jacques Imbrailo, Jeremy White, Donald Maxwell, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Director: John Copley
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
Run Time: 121 minutes

John Copley’s enduring production of one of the most famously melodious and popular of all operas is a classic of the Royal Opera repertory. With historically accurate designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman and an excellent cast headed by Hibla Gerzmava and Teodor Ilincai, this 2009 revival, in which conductor Andris Nelsons makes a distinguished Royal Opera House debut, does full justice to Puccini’s masterpiece.

The performances here are first-rate. Romanian tenor Teodor Ilincai’s voice, possessing a brilliant timbre, soars with Italian lyricism; Russian soprano Hibla Gerzmava is a vocally winning Mimì, singing with a lush warm tone; soprano Inna Dukach (Musetta) delivers a passionate “Quando me’n 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.

“In every sense, this Bohème glows. John Copley’s legendary staging with sets by Julia Trevelyan Oman, first seen in 1972, is renowned for its authenticity and detail, both architectural and human. Full of telling little touches – the artist Marcello’s Act II girlfriend is his Act IV model – they bring 19th-century Paris’s bustle alive as effectively as any BBC classic...This latest incarnation…offers a vibrant new ensemble, improbably youthful and good-looking...On Blu-Ray it’s breathtaking.” (BBC Music Magazine)



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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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