Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème

by Andrea Bocelli
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Puccini: La Bohème 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
La Boheme is widely considered one of the greatest operas written, because it relates to normal people and their joys and sufferings as well as the passionate melodic music that always lingers in the memory. The sole feature of this recording is the sublime interpretation-- as well as the excellent casting. Andrea Bocelli is indeed the ideal Rodolfo, in physical appearance as well as his clear and ardent timbre, so to a point that is uncommon in tenors. Though perhaps Barbara Fritoli played too strong a part as Mimi, not well enough portraying the physical frailty, but her emotion is unbridled, especially in her duet with Marcello in the third act. I also enjoyed the Musetta, who with a delightful lyric/coloratura soprano Eva Mei, who portrayed my particular favorive character in La Boheme for all her coquettish wiles to the point of perfection. Also, it is notable that the quality of the recording is the best I have ever heard, the orchestral accompanyment (So ingeniously adorning the vocals, take it to Puccini's talent.) is heard in such precision, and the vocals are crystal-clear, with absolutely no feedback. All in all, it is an amazing recording, comparable to the live performance in the 80's by the New York Metropolitan Opera (Which, while this contains the ideal Rodolfo, contained the ideal Mimi.) which no Puccini fan should be without. This is a must-have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is often forgotten that opera was musical theater of its day, the plots, music and lyrics intended to entertain a wide audience. Over a hundred years later, this is overshadowed by the rarified air of bel canto virtuosity and spectacular productions. But with this new production of La Boheme Puccini's exquisite music and tender love story are given a new life. The ardent vocal eloquence that has made Andrea Bocelli an international star of popular music beautifully transforms his characterization of Rodolfo. More than just an exquisite voice, his passion and heart bring such life and immediacy to the lyrics that at last we see an opera production that is acted not just performed. Matched with a beautifully chosen cast, including Paolo Gavanelli's extrordinary distinctive baritone as Marcello, it is as though we are hearing this old favorite for the first time. It is vibrant, immediate, poignant and thoroughly delightful. The accompaniment of Zubin Mehta and the Israeli Philharmonic is fresh and delicately rendered. All in all we have a production that balances cast and music to bring back the reality and immediacy of opera that touches the heart and soul. Bravo!