Puccini - La Boheme / Alvarez, Gallardo-Domas, Hong, Servile, de Carolis, Parodi, Bartoletti, La Scala Opera
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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I HAVE MANY PRODUCTIONS OF LA BOHEME WHICH I FEEL I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THIS OPERA. BUT THIS PRODUCTION IS ONE OF THE GREATEST I HAVE EVER WATCHED. Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by boney weather
Six stars! Damn, only five stars allowed. It was Amazon's price that made me buy this DVD, albeit reluctantly. Wow, what a smart move. Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Colston
It was labeled Region 0, however my computer and one other read it as a Region 3. I cannot watch this unless I change my computer's setting. This is terribly inconvenient.Published on April 5, 2013 by Will
This recording of La Boheme from 2003 features the Zeffirelli production that was made for La Scala. Read morePublished on July 15, 2012 by I. Giles
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