La Boheme

La Boheme

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La Boheme 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this production. I have the old Met production on video and saw it at New York City Opera this past year and i would say its not bad at all. The cast is younger which i think adds to the overall production. The acting is pretty good and all of them seen to be pretty commited to any decisions they make both musically and dramatically. David Hobsons voice isn't what some people may think for Rodolfo but i love his voice and him in the role. Mimi was great with good delivery of Mimis first act aria. Be sure that you're open to some non traditional staging and costumes, it may not bother some but if you're really looking for a more original feel get the MET video. But i love watching this production over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most energetic, free-spirited, natural Boheme I've seen. In comparison, the Met DVD has world-class singers with better voices, but those are 40-year-olds pretending to be half their age. This one has 20-year-olds being themselves, and the difference is huge. Cheryl Barker gets Mimi's innocence perfect, and she glows in 'Si, mi chiamano Mimi'. David Hobson has a very light voice (okay, I won't be nice- he hardly has a voice) but he's dark and handsome and his acting is very good. I think most sopranos make Musetta too nice, but here Christine Douglas makes her a real snob, which I like a lot. (Somehow I get the feeling she does it so well because that's what she's like in real life.) Roger Lemke has the best voice of them all, and he is excellent at showing Marcello's mixed feelings about Musetta. This DVD has two more advantages over the Met's. First, it's updated to Paris in the 1950s, which makes it a lot fresher, especially the 2nd act. Second, the Met's picture is dark and everything is in earth tones. This one is very bright and colorful. Julian Smith leads the Australian Opera company in making the music lively. Subtitles are offered in English, and the picture and sound are excellent. I recommend this one first and the Met's heavy production second.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this one, and so does my classical music loving cat.