Puccini's Le Villi and La Boheme from both sides of the Atlantic

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Both La Boheme and the revised, two-act version of Le Villi premiered at the same theater — the Teatro Regio, or Royal Theater, in Turin. World of Opera will be visiting that theater for the second half of a Puccini double bill. To begin this week's program host Lisa Simeone takes us to Charleston, S.C., and the 2013 Spoleto Festival USA for Le Villi. The production features soprano Jennifer Rowley as Anna and tenor Dinyar Vinya as Roberto.

After that, it's off to Turin's Teatro Regio for La Boheme. Soprano Erika Grimaldi stars as Mimi, alongside tenor Giorgio Berrugi as Rodolfo, in a production led by conductor Renato Palumbo.

Le Villi Cast:

Anna: Jennifer Rowley (soprano)

Roberto: Dinyar Vinya (tenor)

2013 Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, S.C.


La Boheme Cast:

Mimi: Erika Grimaldi (soprano)

Rodolfo: Giorgio Berrugi (tenor)

Musetta: Ekaterina Bakanova (soprano)

Marcello: Simone Alberghini (baritone)

Schaunard: Federico Longhi (baritone)

Colline: Gabriele Sagona (bass)

Benoit/Alcindoro: Matteo Peirone (bass)

Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus

Renato Palumbo, conductor