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

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Ailyn Pérez, soprano

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