Behind the Scenes and Into the Chorus of Puccini's 'La Bohème'
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
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