Puccini: La Bohème (Feature Film Blu-Ray) – Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón

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Puccini: La Bohème (Feature Film Blu-Ray) – Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón

Director: Robert Dornhelm
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Artists: Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón, George von Bergen, Boaz Daniel, Nicole Cabell, Vitalij Kowaljow, Adrian Eröd, Stéphane Degout, Symphonieorchester und Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Conductor: Bertrand de Billy
Format: Blu-Ray
Language: Italian (with special features in English)
Subtitles: English
Region: Region A/1 (playable in North America, South America, U.S. Territories, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and other areas of Southeast Asia)
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Kultur
Blu-Ray Release Date: December 15, 2009
Run Time: 109 minutes (film); plus 71 minutes bonus material

Giacomo Puccini’s immortal opera, in a high budget feature-film version directed by Academy Award nominee Robert Dornhelm, stars opera’s “Golden Couple,” Rolando Villazón and Anna Netrebko, as the protagonists, Rodolfo and Mimì. The chemistry between them is electric, unrivalled in the theatre today. Russian soprano Anna Netrebko is not only beautiful but has a marvelous voice and technique; Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón has a wonderful voice and an incredible charisma. The excellent bonus features include fascinating interviews with all the key performers and the director, who confirms that he not only wanted to remain steadfastly faithful to Puccini’s design but also document two of the leading singers of the modern age rather than embarking on a trendy contemporary re-creation.

“Breathtakingly dramatic and emotional... full to the brim with some of the best vocal talents of today... director Robert Dornhelm has not only managed to stay true to Puccini’s story, but has also succeeded in adding another exciting and dynamic dimension to the opera.” – Opera Now Magazine

“Lavishly detailed... Dornhelm translated the opera to the screen with imaginative, occasionally arty, touches... [Villazón’s] singing is glorious.” – Sunday Times

“Chocolatey richness directly into the vein” – The Guardian



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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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