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Puccini: La Boheme (Sydney Opera 2011) (Opera Australia: OPOZ56018BD) (Ji-Min Park/ José Carbó/ Opera Australia Chorus/ Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra/ Shao-Chia Lü/ Gale Edwards) [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Ji-Min Park, José Carbó, David Parkin, Shane Lowrencev, Takesha Meshé Kizart
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opera Australia
  • DVD Release Date: 2 July 2012
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006O8K4IA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,322 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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This sensational new production of La Boheme, the inspired concept of director Gale Edwards, is set in early 1930s Berlin, a city of liberal indulgence, glittering Spiegeltents and glitzy cabaret clubs, where no excess is considered too much. But the world of the Bohemians, romantically playing at being poor, forgets the truth of real poverty and its consequences. Charismatic Ji-Min Park gives a stunning performance as Rodolfo, the poet who falls in love with Mimi, played by Takesha Meshe Kizart, who delivers a dazzling version of the impoverished working girl. In the Cafe Momus Taryn Fiebig sings seductively as the beautiful Musetta. Renowned conductor Shao-Chia Lu draws from the orchestra and chorus a magnificent performance of Puccini's lush score.

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Ji-Min Park (Rodolfo) - José Carbó (Marcello) - David Parkin (Colline) - Shane Lowrencev (Schaunard) - Takesha Meshé Kizart (Mimì) - Taryn Fiebig (Musetta) - Opera Australia Chorus - Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra - Shao-Chia Lü, direction

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3.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired attempt, with saving graces 18 Jan 2014
The action has been brought forward to about the 1920s this does not seem to add anything to the story but does produce a few anomalies.
The act one set is pretty good, a spartan room with high windows and a scaffold to one side. The costumes are not too bad except for Schaunard who looks more like a spiv than a musician. Pick of the voices is Jose Carbo who acts and sings credibly. Colline has a strange voice and David Parkin does not quite suit my ears. Shane Lawrence is quite acceptable as Schaunard. Unfortunately Park has little expression in his voice, a shame since he is the leading male character. Things look up as Takesha Meshe Kizart enters, she is vocally superior to all the men except for Carbo. She also is a credible actress. Park in the tiny hand is frozen bit has trouble making up his mind whether he is singing to Mimi, or the audience. He also sounds a bit strained.
Act two has a lively street scene, this transforms magically into a most impressive cafe. We are introduced to Musetta, who seems to be a silent film starlet from her looks. Taryn Fiebig has a light soprano, she performs her waltz song as a night club act to a centre stage microphone. She has some pleasantly clear high notes, but overall her performance is passable. The following ensemble sounds quite good, but the whole set becomes a jumble, with a girl guides band revolving in the middle.
On to Act three, the set is a bit on the dark side and is the gates of Paris. The director could not decide if the action is inside or outside, and some sort of civil servant finishes sitting at desk in the middle of what I thought was a square, complete with desk lamp. Mimi arrives with a bad cough, and she recovers well enough to give a fine performance with Marcello. one of the few highlights.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From the Latin Quarter to the Spiegeltent 26 Aug 2012
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In spite of a few small anomalies, I reckon this is a thoroughly enjoyable presentation of a much-loved opera.

It becomes immediately clear in Act 2 that the setting has been successfully moved from Paris in the 1840s to Berlin in the early 1930s. Café Momus in the Latin Quarter of Paris becomes a splendid but decadent Spiegeltent in Berlin. On the somewhat small stage of the Sydney Opera House this presented a far more engaging picture than the overblown, overpopulated street scene revealed in Puccini - La Boheme [The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2008] [DVD] [2009].

What a joy it is to hear the two young lovers. Rudolfo is played by the Korean tenor Ji-Min Park, who has performed at venues around the world, including La Scala and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. He isn't just up and coming -- he has arrived. Mimi is played by Takesha Meshé Kizart, a remarkable American soprano referred to in some reviews as a "powerhouse". No doubt she has power, but I loved her intonation, range and purity. And, differing from a couple of reviewers elsewhere, I was moved by the emotionally charged natural acting ability of these two young singers. At times, however, it seemed that the sound of the orchestra tended to push their voices a little into the background.

I was particularly pleased to see David Parkin playing Colline. He was winner of the much-loved 2005 Operatunity Oz competition and it is so good to see him now, and to hear his rich bass voice, acting so naturally on the professional stage. I also relished Taryn Fiebig and José Carbo, as did the audience of this televised performance.

I want to give this DVD 5 stars, but it's those small anomalies that bring it back to 4½.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life Is a Cabaret Old Chum 1 April 2013
Opera Australia's 1994 production of La Bohème was one of the first things that turned me on to opera. It was staged by a young director named Baz Luhrmann. I wonder what became of him. It was set in Paris in the 1950s which made the pivotal plot point about Mimi's candle going out seem a bit silly. This new production from Opera Australia is set in 1930s Berlin. The same quibble about candles still applies as, I imagine, the Germans had electricity by then.

Actually the German setting is not particularly noticeable apart from Act II when Café Momus becomes a sophisticated German nightspot. You wonder why children are running through it and there is a man selling toys from a cart until you remember that Momus is supposed to be a pavement café. Most of the money seems to have been spent on this Act. Act III and the two acts in Rodolfo's garret are much more simply staged.

The two leads are attractively played by Ji-Min Park and Takesha Meshé-Kizart. Park has a sweet, small tenor voice. Takesha Meshé-Kizart has a sumptuous soprano voice of great power. In Mi Chiamano Mimi I felt that she was singing at about three-quarter throttle. There is some evidence of microphone wires poking out of the singers' wigs so it may be that the production was miked, which could explain why she seems to be holding back vocally. The other bohemians are well characterised with a patrician Marcello, a camp Schaunard and a shaggy Colline. Best of all is Taryn Fiebig's Musetta. She gives a knockout performance, both vocally and visually of Quando M'en Vo.

This is a very enjoyable production but I feel that it lacks subtlety.
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