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Bohème demands above all teamwork, and this DVD provides it. If Musetta looks more striking than she sounds, the Bohemian four are beautifully characterized, and Mimi has the vocal range to ride the Puccinian orchestra while manifestly fading throughout the evening. Despite the Italian yearning to congratulate every successful high note, applause at this live performance is under strict control. The orchestral playing under Bruno Bartoletti has not the fineness studio conditions might have lent; but the pacing is first rate, and there is tenderness enough to back Puccini's every assault on our emotions.

Marcelo Álvarez as Rodolfo with Cristina Gallardo-Domâs as the dying Mimi at the end of Act IV. DVD still frame © 2003 Rai Trade
Marcelo Álvarez as Rodolfo with Cristina Gallardo-Domâs as the dying Mimi at the end of Act IV. DVD still frame © 2003 Rai Trade

 

Copyright © 23 December 2004 Robert Anderson, London UK

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Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème

DV-OPBOH DVD9 16:9 anamorphic PAL region 0 (worldwide) (NTSC also available) DD 5.1/DTS 5.1/PCM Stereo NEW RELEASE 134' 2003 Rai Trade, 2004 TDK Marketing Europe GmbH

Cristina Gallardo-Domâs, Mimi; Hei-Kyung Hong, Musetta; Marcelo Álvarez, Rodolfo; Roberto Servile, Marcello; Natale de Carolis, Schaunard; Giovanni Battista Parodi, Colline; Alberto Fraschina, Parpignol; Matteo Peirone, Benoit; Angelo Romero, Alcindoro; Ernesto Panariello, customs sargeant; Tino Nava, customs official; Antonio Novello, street vendor; Coro del Teatra alla Scala; Bruno Casoni, chorus master; Coro di voci bianche del Teatro alla Scala e del Conservatorio 'G Verdi' di Milano; Alfonso Caiani, chorus master; Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala; Bruno Bartoletti, conductor; Franco Zeffirelli, director and set design; Piero Tosi, costumes (redesigned by Alberto Spiazzi)

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924): La Bohème, Dramma lirico in 4 quadri. Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

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