A classic tale retold for 21st century London. A tale of love and tragedy, indulgence and excess. Having wowed audiences at Kilburn’s Cock Tavern in a record-breaking, sell-out six-month run, Soho Theatre takes on opera for the very first time as Puccini’s La Bohème is retold for contemporary Soho with a talented, classically trained young cast.
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Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème, a bittersweet story of love and loss among the youthful Bohemians of Paris's Left Bank, has long been a major portal to lyric theater. Countless operatic novices have been won over by its seductive combination of ravishing tunes and a classic, tragic love story: boy meets girl, boy wins girl, boy loses girl, girl dies. La Bohème is one of those seemingly foolproof operas that can survive any number of performance disasters, from dreadful directorial concepts to bad casting and abysmal conducting, and still come out all right. The story of the little seamstress Mimi; her lover, the poet Rodolfo; and the painter Marcello and his inflammatory relationship with Musetta, a lady of negotiable virtue, has staying power that is lifted by Puccini's melodic gift.
In the Black Dog Opera Library we have a useful new tool for operatic education. La Bohème, like the rest of the volumes in the Library, offers a good-looking, well-made book with an informative introductory essay about the composer and the work, lots of pictures, and a complete libretto in Italian and English. There is even a complete recording of the opera, featuring a cast of name singers. In this particular case, the recording is the 1963 EMI/Angel version that was remastered in 1991. The Italian soprano Mirella Freni--surely the outstanding Mimi of our time--sings irresistibly; she is well-matched by the strong Rodolfo of the great Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda and the macho Marcello of Mario Sereni. One unfortunate weakness of this set is that the names of the other performers aren't given, and they ought to be. One will have to check a guide to recordings to discover that Mariella Adani is the Musetta, Ferruccio Mazzoli enacts the touching Colline, and Mario Basiola Jr. is Schaunard. All are energetically conducted by the late Thomas Schippers.About the Author:
Tosca is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini based on the Victorien Sardou's dramatic play La Tosca. Tosca is dramatic and beautiful. To this day it is one of the most frequently preformed operas.
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Buchbeschreibung Atlantis Musikbuch Aug 1999, 1999. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - 'La Bohème' is Puccini's fourth opera and was premiered in Turin in 1896. The tale of the consumptive Mimi goes back to a story by Henri Murger, 'Scènes de la vie de Bohème'. Puccini set the topic to music, true to his artistic creed: 'Against everything and everyone composing operas with melodies'. The result was an opera with an almost inexhaustible abundance of enchanting melodies which have moved many a listener to tears.In this edition, Kurt Pahlen juxtaposes the Italian text with the translation of the libretto frequently used at German theatres, adding information on the compositional structure and context to the musical as well as external and internal dramatic action of the opera. A short synopsis and a brief outline of the genesis bring the work into relation with the composer's entire oeuvre and life, thus offering a comprehensive, richly illustrated introduction. 341 pp. Deutsch, Italienisch. Artikel-Nr. 9783254080127