Puccini's Timeless 'La Bohème' is Your Saturday Matinee Broadcast

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Susanna Phillips as Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème Susanna Phillips as Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

This Saturday at 1 pm, tune in for a radio broadcast of one of the most beloved works in the operatic repertory: La Bohème.

Giacomo Puccini’s opera has remained one of the most performed since its 1896 premiere at Turin’s Teatro Regio. However, it did take some warming up — initial reviews and reactions were not universally positive, with some being wholly negative and acerbic. One early review in the Torinese daily newspaper La Stampa read “La Bohème ... will leave no great trace upon the history of our lyric theater, and it will be well if the composer returns to the straight road of art, persuading himself that this has been a brief deviation.”

But La Bohème pressed on, cementing itself itself first in the opera canon, then serving as inspiration for a number of notable works, not least among them Jonathan Larson’s 1994 musical Rent.

It’s easy now to see how this opera has endured for so long. It’s themes are timeless; a cohort of young opera goers will no doubt take comfort in the fact that even in the 19th century, early twenty-somethings were still trying to figure themselves out.

You can catch a detailed conversation about La Bohème on this week's episode of the He Sang, She Sang podcast, featuring  Met Opera Chorus bass Edward Hanlon and soprano Ailyn Pérez, who has sung both the roles of Mimì and Musetta.

Cast:

Conductor: Carlo Rizzi

Mimì: Ailyn Pérez

Musetta: Susanna Phillips

Rodolfo: Michael Fabiano

Marcello: Alessio Arduini

Schaunard: Alexey Lavrov

Colline: Christian Van Horn

Benoit/Alcindoro:Paul Plishka

Comments [6]

Suzy Q from Northern NJ

I've seen/heard broadcasts of La Boheme many times in my lifetime and am so pleased at how much I am enjoying today's broadcast. The cast is singing wonderfully and the orchestra sounds fabulous. Thank you most especially Michael Fabiano and Ailyn Perez for your very beautiful and moving performances. Bravi!

Jan. 14 2017 03:07 PM

There's a 1952 b'cast with Albanese & Di Stefano which is also fantastic. Pippo had such an easy High C.

Jan. 14 2017 02:20 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

CBC"SI FREDDO UN CANE. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND EVERYONE AS WELL.
Cannot listen today. Oh poor me. Will have to be happy with my recording of DeLosAngeles and Bjoerling.

Jan. 14 2017 01:58 PM

Finally, a tenor who takes the High C on the last Amor'.

Jan. 14 2017 01:48 PM

CBC Well and "fredd' un cane". Wishing you all the best in the new Year.

Jan. 14 2017 01:04 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

CBC Hope you are well.

Jan. 14 2017 12:43 PM

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