Puccini's La Boheme

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

A scene from Act II of 'La Bohème.' A scene from Act II of 'La Bohème.' (Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera)

Join us on Saturday at 1 pm as the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts Franco Zeffirelli's production of Puccini's La Boheme. The opera blockbuster features Kristine Opolais, who sings Mimi, and Jean-François Borras, starring as Rodolfo. 

Opolais has sung Mimi with the Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera and Latvian National Opera. The widely acclaimed soprano made her Met debut in April 2014, when she was called on to substitute as Mimi just hours before a matinee performance (and the day after singing her first Madama Butterfly). Borras, a French tenor, first starred at Met under similar circumstances, when he replaced Jonas Kaufmann in Werther. Supporting roles for Saturday's show include Marina Rebeka as Musetta and Mariusz Kwiecien as Marcello. 

A play in four parts, La Boheme tells the tragic love story of Rodolfo and Mimi as they struggle for survival in bohemian Paris. Riccardo Frizza conducts the Metropolitan Opera's production of this classic tale of love and friendship.  

Cast: 

Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
Mimi: Kristine Opolais
Musetta: Marina Rebeka
Rodolfo: Jean-François Borras
Marcello: Mariusz Kwiecien
Schaunard: Alessio Arduini
Colline: David Soar
Benoit/Alcindoro: John Del Carlo

Comments [5]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

La Boheme, La Traviata and Aida have legions of great and near great performers so that recordings and anecdotal remembrances can serve up a menu of most pleasurable moments. Unfortunately, today's MET broadcast of La Boheme has a tenor whose vocal timbre is NOT first rate and a soprano whose vocal timbre is better than his, but whose vocal technique is lacking in that in most of her singing there is a bad tremolo, which leads to the disastrous wobble. www.WagnerOpera.com

Jan. 24 2015 01:55 PM

I don't mean to offend anyone but was there a tenor in Act 1? His dynamic range went from pp to p. Is this the best the Met has to offer. He has a pleasant voice for Nemorino but this role is too heavy for him.

Jan. 24 2015 01:50 PM

un po di vino E TE!!!!

Jan. 24 2015 12:55 PM

CBC That was the 1st Boheme I ever bought.

Jan. 24 2015 12:53 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Lucky me. I have the recording with Jussi, DeLosAngeles, Merrill and Amara with Sir Beecham conducting. I do not think this can be topped.
CBC: Hope you are well. Qui fa freddo, metti vicino al fuoco. Un po di vino.

Jan. 24 2015 10:08 AM

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