Puccini's 'La Boheme' From the Royal Opera House

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja in Puccini's 'La Boheme' at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja in Puccini's 'La Boheme' at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. (Catherine Ashmore/Royal Opera House)

Puccini's love-stoked tearjerker "La Boheme" may end tragically, but the opera's multiple levels of passion and sentiment still make for a great "date night." And, as the perfect remedy for any tottering romance, "La Boheme" is also among the most popular operas ever composed.

 The opera is sung in Italian and set in Paris. But as Bizet showed us with "Carmen" and Puccini poignantly confirmed in "La Boheme," bohemians can be found wherever a group of eager young idealists live lives that defy — and embrace — the struggles and passions that surround them.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "La Boheme" from one of opera's most prestigious venues, in a performance featuring one of today's operatic superstars. The opera comes to us from the London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with soprano Anna Netrebko in the role of Mimi. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Rodolfo in a production led by conductor Dan Ettinger.

Cast:

Mimi: Anna Netrebko (soprano)
Rodolfo: Joseph Calleja (tenor)
Musetta: Jennifer Rowley (soprano)
Marcello: Lucas Meachem (baritone)
Schaunard: Simone Del Savio (baritone)
Colline: Marco Vinco (bass)

Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus
Dan Ettinger, conductor

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