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The MET provides a luxurious cast to complement the sumptuous setting. Tenor Ramón Vargas is an excellent Rodolfo, singing with passion, imaginative phrasing, and coloring his beautiful lyric voice to fit the text. Mimi is Angela Gheorghiu, always a stellar singing actress. Here she sings with a sensitivity to match her Rodolfo, exquisitely coloring her voice, as in her Mi chiamano Mimi, where she thins her voice at the start and then opens it out to bloom when she sings of the approach of spring. As an actress, shes best after the first Act, when she abandons the coy, girlish tics that seem out of place. In the last Act, shes profoundly moving in the death scene, as is Vargas, who is touching in his portrayal of Rodolfos desperation and sense of loss. Baritone Ludovic Téziers Marcello is well sung, as is soprano Ainhoa Artetas Musetta, the latter delivering a sparkling Quando men vo in the Café Momus scene. Rodolfos pals, Oren Gradus as Colline and Quinn Kelsey as Schaunard, are excellent, and veteran bass Paul Plishka contributes some nice comic turns as Benoit and Alcindoro. --Dan Davis
La Bohème is an all-regions disc in 16:9 ratio. Sound options include PCM Stereo and DTS 5.1 Surround. Sung in Italian, subtitles include English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Extras include backstage interviews by Renée Fleming and a short tribute, "Zeffirelli at the Met."
great performances by terrific cast in beautiful production of most-beloved, top world popular opera of Puccini - I loved it!Published 8 months ago by Nancie Kennedy
I will watch it again and again. It was almost like being in the theater.
I have recommended it to many of my friends.
I'll not give myself out as a music fundy, but I've seen serveral DVDs and have a number of her CDs. Read morePublished 17 months ago by H.J.Barnardt
No subtitles! At least I couldn't find them. At the theatre there were subtitles. I miss them!! Someone help if they are there!Published 21 months ago by Julia Williams
I quite enjoyed this production of La Boheme. It was lavish and even a bit over the top - which only adds to the drama and the glorious music. Read morePublished on November 9, 2012 by Audrey
We thouroughly enjoyed this production.Having seen many stage and screen productions over the years this production was refreshing insofar as the settings were different and the... Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by WALMAC
If you have never seen La Bohème, please be warned that there are spoilers in this review - indeed, the greatest spoiler of all, a giveaway of the ending. Read morePublished on December 20, 2011 by George Goldberg
La Boheme, by Puccini, was first performed in 1896. This performance from 2008 at the Met has great set designs for the scenes. Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by Mike
I've seen a lot of video productions of La Boheme, including those with Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, etc., etc. Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by David