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Puccini: La Boheme / Nelsons/Royal Opera, Gerzmava, Ilincai [DVD]

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

John Copley's enduring production of one of the most famously melodious and popular of all operas is a classic of the Royal Opera repertory. With historically accurate designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman and an excellent cast headed by Hibla Gerzmava and Teodor Ilincai, this 2009 revival, in which conductor Andris Nelsons makes a distinguished Royal Opera House debut, does full justice to Puccini's masterpiece. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

"[Ilincai] gave a thoroughly assured and engaging performance... Sumptuously sung, Gerzmava's portrayal was sensitive and well-rounded - timid yet warm and attractive in her first scene with Rodolfo, intimate rather than melodramatic in her final death-bed moments." - Classical Source

"In every sense this Bohème glows. John Copley's legendary staging with sets by Julia Trevelyan Oman, first seen in 1972, is renowned for its authenticity and detail, both architectural and human. Full of telling little touches - the artist Marcello's Act II girlfriend is his Act IV model - they bring 19th-century Paris's bustle alive as effectively as any BBC classic, far better than Zeffirelli's overblown Met effort or even the recent Netrebko/Villazón film... This latest incarnation, betraying no trace of staleness, has no such stellar names - yet! - Instead it offers a vibrant new ensemble, improbably youthful and good-looking. Teodor Ilincai is a splendid Rodolfo, lighter-voiced and less overtly sensitive than Shicoff, but radiating Italianate lyricism and boyish good nature. Hibla Gerzmava is a gorgeous Mimì, lacking Cotrubas's doomed winsomeness but with a richer, more passionate voice... On DVD it looks and sounds wonderful - but on Blu-Ray it's breathtaking. 1982 is a memorable vintage, but La bohème nouvelle est arrivee - a new recommendation." -BBC Music Magazine (*****)

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 121 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian



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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
  • Performers: Jeremy White (Bass); Gabriele Viviani (Baritone); Kostas Smoriginas (Bass); Donald Maxwell (Bass); Jacques Imbrailo (Baritone); Teodor Ilincai (Tenor); Hibla Gerzmava (Soprano); Inna Dukah (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andris Nelsons
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896