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Puccini - La Boheme / Alvarez, Gallardo-Domas, Hong, Servile, de Carolis, Parodi, Bartoletti, La Scala Opera


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  • Actors: Marcelo Alvarez, Cristina Gallardo-Domas, Hei-Kyung Hong, Bruno Bartoletti, Roberto Servile
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: TDK DVD
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006U6Q7K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,707 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Cristina Gallardo-Domas, Hei-Kyung Hong, Marcelo Alvarez, and Roberto Servile star in this La Scala Franco Zeffirelli production of the Puccini opera conducted by Bruno Bartoletti.

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Marcelo Alvarez sings beautifully along with his superb acting.
Jessa
This is the best phrase to define the opera La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini.
Ali Hassan AYACHE
Sound--a choice of DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 or PCM Stereo--is just fine.
J Scott Morrison

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 13, 2005
Franco Zeffirelli seems to have a monopoly in video productions of Puccini's 'La Bohème.' Starting with his 1963 production for Karajan at Salzburg/La Scala, and then his Met version in the 1980s, and now back at La Scala (in that house's zoomy new Teatro degli Arcimboldi) his view of the opera hasn't much changed. In a charming 18-minute interview with him included in this DVD, he comments about how many generations of singers have performed in his productions over forty years. He even comments that the singers in this current production weren't even born when he first staged it for Karajan. He also comments, with just the slightest pique, that there have been nasty comments from critics about his concept but that 'the public continues to love it.' He also gets in some pretty strong statements about the wave among current opera directors to get far away from the libretto and music--the so-called Eurotrash approach. He clearly has little time for these productions, an opinion that warms my heart. His set and direction design are over-peopled but at least they stick to the libretto of Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica.

What of this production? Well, it looks a lot like the well-known Met production from the early 1980s. There is still the HUGE garret in Act I and the massive Café Momus scene. The Act III set is different and extraordinarily effective in providing space both for the interaction between Rodolfo and Mimì and later between Marcello and Musetta. The staging is also creative; I was amused by the oh-so-dignified drunk with an umbrella whose entrance and exit frame the entire act. Act IV is again quite similar to the Met production and like a fool I cried my eyes out--as always.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Petersen on March 29, 2005
I've always loved Boheme, but as far as DVD recordings of this opera, there has always been some problem. Not with this recording. All the principals are excellent, especially tenor Marcello Alvarez. BTW, he is the only tenor on any live recording to sing his Act 1 aria in the original key. Cristina Gallardo-Domas has a bit of an edge to her voice, but sings beautifully, especially in acts 3 & 4. Designs and direction by Franco Zeffirelli are exceptional. There is also a bonus interview with him. A must have!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jessa on March 6, 2006
Having watched and listened to La Boheme for various times, it is this particular La Boheme from La Scala that really piqued my appreciation at it.

Marcelo Alvarez sings beautifully along with his superb acting. Christina Gallardo-Domas also does too, but seems to little passionate.

Anyway, the title goes to Zeffirelli who created this long-standing marvellous production for the house in 1963, starring Gianni Raimondi and Mirella Freni.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ali Hassan AYACHE on July 30, 2009
Thrill to every note. This is the best phrase to define the opera La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini. Who does not love the characters Mimi and Rodolfo. What ears do not sensitize to the themes of lovers or bohemians. Many operas are already part of the past, La Bohème takes place in the future and is among the operas represented and beloved by the public.
The director Franco Zeffirelli is known as a spendthrift. His productions expensive and luxurious amaze many theaters, but those who can afford their expenses almost never repent. The result is a clean and modern assembly. Respect for the libretto and the composer's intentions is another detail that does not escape. In this opera he hits hard. The costumes and scenery appropriate inventive is required in a director who understands. The correct handling of singers and their performances demonstrate control over them. This fact was not always conseguido.Usa technical theater in support of operatic drama. Zeffirelli does not invent theories or readings, do the basics with good taste and quality. That is its greatest virtue. This is the reason for his acclaimed success.
Trend is the modern opera singers have the physical type of character. Reconciling physical type with a good voice is rather complicated task. Luciano Pavarotti sang this opera several times, there are many records on video, hard to imagine the tenor of more than 50 years a bohemian starving and cold. In this version all the singers-actors are vocal and scenic ideals to face their characters. Balance rarely achieved in an opera.
Marcelo Alvarez is a beautiful tenor voice and acting safely. Dominates the stage with his youth striking and captivating.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sung-chao Cheng on August 26, 2007
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I bought this DVD a long time ago, but never get the nerves to review it because opera is very difficult to review. There are too many areas to put attention to. I, therefore, will only describe briefly and hopefully succinctly of the three principal singers' singing and acting qaulity.

Cristina Gallardo-Domas has a beautiful voice and is a good singer also.
She is undoubtedly one of the best on the scene today. She portrays Mimi quite touchingly. Here, I don't mean to be impolite, but to say it is really impolite. I, nevertheless, can't help mentioning here that her mouth is really big. When she has to open it wide in order to deliver an all out forte, it looks odd and funny. In the death scene, for instance, I think Alvarez has a hard time to suppress a laugh looking at her wide opening mouth.

Marcelo Alvarez was already a seasoned performer when this DVD was taped. He gained quite some weight, but he is a very good tenor, not only with brilliant high notes but also with skill in shading the lines and his acting is quite competent.

Hei-Kyung Hong I'm sorry to say that looks rather matronly to be convincing as the sassy, pretty Musetta. She, nevertheless, sings beautifully and acts convincingly. I remember seeing her live at the metropolitan Opera House in New York with Richard Leech during the 1989/1990 season in the lead roles. I was so impressed with the singing by both of them that I went back for a second performance with even more fondness of their singing.

Well, this is all I can say about this DVD.
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