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Puccini: La Bohème [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009GZKO2O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,666 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The 2012 Salzburg Festival production of Puccini's timeless masterpiece.

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Boheme (La)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a bad modern ambientation 25 Mar 2014
By marco
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Well the Netrebko although I prefer the film version with Villanzon. Beczala sings bad. Quite insane the modern ambientation that manages to make ridiculous a marvelous work, Discouraged
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic performance 22 Sep 2013
By frits
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Great to see and hear the performance in great quality of sound and picture. On a good Hi Fi set it is as if you are present in the concert hall.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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In parts this blu-ray is worth more than the 3 stars I have given it but it also has issues that make me recommend this as a considered purchase for someone who knows what they are buying. If you want a traditional La Boheme with Netrebko looking fabulous and with Rolando Villazon as an exceptional Rudolfo then try the film version Puccini: La Boheme (La Boheme) [Blu-ray] made in 2009 this is superior in every way to this version. However I bought this fully aware of its modern staging and after reading a wide variety of reviews in the various opera publications. I just do not understand those who buy this and complain about the staging, it is what it says on the can, there is no big secret that it is a modern version. If you have other versions and particularly if like me you are a fan of Netrebko then I would seriously give this consideration as despite its flaws I think you will enjoy it. The various YouTube clips don't do the complete package justice and should only be taken as an indication of the staging and as a general flavour of what you will get on the Blu-ray.

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Staging - I personally found it refreshing to see a new version and loved the way Damiano Michieletto produced this. I also very much liked Paulo Fantin's set design especially the Paris street and metro map that unfolded from time to time. The costumes were spot on (Carla Teti) with the exception of Benoit's which I though was too old and didn't quite fit, minor issue I know but it distracted me.

Conducting - Daniele Gatti and the Vienna Philharmonic to me were superb and perhaps even the true stars of this production.
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31 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Regiestheater gone wild 1 Nov 2012
I have watched most of this on YouTube. There is no problem with the singing. The stage direction is another matter. Rather than a group of impoverished artists, the opera is now apparently about a group of homeless drug addicts.

regiestheater (Damiano Michieletto)--------------1000
Poor Puccini--------------------------------------0
Maybe these egomaniacs should just eliminate the singers and orchestra and take the stage in a solo performance and see how many people are willing to sit through their nonsense.

The stage director, Damiano Michieletto, is the sort of idiot, who if he had access to the Louvre would probably paint the Aphrodite of Milos/Venus de Milo dayglo orange. He doesn't have enough talent or imagination to design a stage routine for Lady Gaga. I'm sure he thinks that he is the greatest genius to ever have lived. His mama told him so.

I'm certainly not opposed to different interpretations. Nevertheless, there are certain touchstones that are a basic for any dramatic production -- sung or spoken.

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, noted French opera director(19 February 1932 - 11 August 1988), is my Gold Standard. He understood that the director's job is to tell the story and reflect the music. Individual [Ego?] creativity starts only after the opera content, words and music, is served.

CONCLUSION: If you don't already own one or more Bohemes, buy a first rate CD.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous 12 Nov 2012
Rather than watching illicit extracts on You Tube I watched this live streamed from Salzburg and loved every minute. Since then it has been on my Christmas Wish List; and given that it is set at Christmas I expect it will be on my TV most of the time. The sets are gorgeous and make a lovely change from the dirty attic renditions. I love this opera and it is wonderful to have 2 young couples playing the main roles instead of more mature and well endowed singers. Save the technical masterpieces for the CD player. Opera is about the whole experience and I got lost in this one.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New to opera 23 Oct 2013
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As a newcomer to opera I am in no position to comment on this version except to say that I enjoyed it and found it superior to the recent film version. Netrebko is superb.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Anna Netrebko is wonderful 8 Sep 2013
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Anna Netrebko is wonderful, the tenors are loud but insensitive. Anna is more credible as Mimi than anyone I have seen in that role before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving performance
This is really a great performance of La Boheme. The acting and singing are of an exceptional quality and the staging, while modern, is really very moving. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cobus Tolken
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm guessing it was excellent. It was a present for someone else.
You should have noticed that this was addressed to a third party - and not sought my opinion, shouldn't you? WORD- will that do?
This is a really stupid game.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish
Rubbish beyond believe! Poor Puccini, nothing of his intentions have remained.The singing is fair, but there are far better DVD's available. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Hans J. van Oort
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Anna Netrebko
Excellent performances and fantastic on blu ray on my cinema screen. It felt like being there! Nice to compare it with other versions. I'm no opera expert, but this is great!
Published 19 months ago by A. Ryder
5.0 out of 5 stars La Boheme - Salzburg Festival 2012
Superb singing and orchestral playing. I have been to the Grosses Festpielhaus in Salzburg where this was staged many times, particularly in the golden era in the 1970's when... Read more
Published 19 months ago by W. Grubb
4.0 out of 5 stars modern musical theater
The story is quickly told. Rodolfo falls in love with Mimi as she enters the room. It is the Christmas Eve and he celebrates a meagre feast with his companion. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bernd Kotz
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