From the Met Archives: Puccini's La Bohème
Saturday, October 01, 2011
This week we take a trip back through the Met archives, to a February 15, 1958 broadcast of Puccini's La Bohème. Recently remastered, the recording features Licia Albanese as Mimì, heard almost exactly 28 years after her first Met appearance in the role. Her Rodolfo is Carlo Bergonzi, still early in the first decade of his almost 40-year career.
Thomas Schippers conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, with a cast that includes Mario Sereni (Marcello), Laurel Hurley (Musetta), Norman Scott (Colline) and Clifford Harvuot (Schaunard).
Note: the previously scheduled broadcast of Wagner's Das Rheingold from the San Francisco Opera will now air on Oct. 15. The rest of the "Ring" cycle will proceed weekly from there.