A Conductor's Opera
A new production of Puccini's 'La bohème'
at Rome's Teatro dell'Opera,
reviewed by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
La bohème is one of Giacomo Puccini's favorite operas. The audience normally appreciates its delicate melodies and tunes, its sweet arias and its passionate duets as well as its lively ensembles, especially the rhythmic concertato at the end of the second act. Generally, they are thought to be easy to memorize and hum. As such, La bohème is considered as a singers' opera. Recently, at a party with other opera goers in Washington DC, when I stated that I would soon see a new production in Rome, the question most often asked was: 'who will sing it?'
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