Episode #7

Behind the Scenes and Into the Chorus of Puccini's 'La Bohème'

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ailyn Pérez, soprano (Rebecca Fay)

On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang, soprano Ailyn Pérez and bass Edward Hanlon discuss one of the best-loved operas in the world, Puccini's La Bohème. Join us as we go behind the scenes into the life of a Metropolitan Opera chorister, hear why the Franco Zeffirelli production is so iconic and learn how you can go on a treasure hunt of sorts when you see it. We also take you to the Met to hear about what it takes to sing both of the female lead roles — Mimì and Musetta.

Edward Hanlon's pick (Maria Callas Master Class at Juilliard)


Merrin Lazyan's pick (Rolando Villazón)


This episode features excerpts from the following album:

Puccini: La Bohème (London/Decca, 1987)
— Luciano Pavarotti, tenor; Mirella Freni, soprano; Rolando Panerai, baritone; Elizabeth Harwood, soprano; Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass; Gianni Maffeo, baritone; Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berlin Philharmonic

Hosted by:

Merrin Lazyan and Michael Shobe

Comments [2]

Jonathan from London

Then there is the famous Beecham story about his asking King George V (who was a famous opera goer) why he was known to say Boheme was his favourite opera:

"Easy", retorted the monarch, "It's the shortest"

Jan. 12 2017 06:17 PM
John Strauss from New Haven CT

What a wonderful way to start the day! Thank you so much!

Jan. 12 2017 10:47 AM

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