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Puccini - La Boheme [The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2008] [DVD]

Angela Gheorghiu , Ainhoa Arteta , Franco Zeffirelli    Exempt   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Angela Gheorghiu, Ainhoa Arteta, Ramon Vargas, Ludovic Tezier, Nicola Luisotti
  • Directors: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian, German, English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EMI Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DHE9KG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,275 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Franco Zeffirelli's iconic production of Puccini's masterpiece is the most performed production in the MET's history. This 2008 performance is conducted by Nicola Luisotti and stars Angela Gheorghiu and Ramon Vargas in the roles of Mimi and Rodolfo.

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Boheme (La)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "five star minus" performance 15 Dec 2009
Any reasonably decent performance of Bohéme will be so emotionally overwhelming that it will be very hard to be objective about it. But what might work well in the theatre may not seem to be quite so successful after repeated viewings on DVD. So it is perhaps right to pick up on one or two shortcomings, which are relatively minor when compared with the otherwise outstanding merits of this production.

Firstly the good things, though. This is a typical "Met" production in the best sense: good sets, costumes, principals, and chorus (and there are plenty of them). Now and then the conductor takes things a tiny bit too slowly for my taste but that doesn't detract much from what is a very fine performance in the pit. The acting is good, especially given that what might work well in the theatre doesn't always work too well on the small screen. It would be interesting to know whether anything was said to the cast about the fact that this performance was being recorded. Ludovic Tézier (Marcello) and Angela Gheorghiu (Mimi) in particular make quite a few tiny gestures which I would have thought wouldn't be perceptible to the audience but are very effective when seen in close-up. In fact Gheorghiu is the star of the show; she looks right, acts right and sings beautifully. That is not to take anything away from the other members of the cast, though, who are excellent in every way. It is pleasing to see Paul Plishka, a long-time stalwart of the Met, doubling the small parts of Benoit and Alcindoro. It is not his fault that he is not wholly successful in the second role, of which more anon.

So what's wrong with this production? As I have said, not much. To start with Alcindoro, though; I feel that he is let down by the camera work and/or the production itself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I have read the many reviews for all three of the Boheme performances that I currently own. What is quite clear is that each of them receives enthusiastic support by overwhelming numbers who see each as the definitive version! There are also those who totally dislike each version. There are also minor reservations voiced about each version by a handful of reviewers. So where does this leave the prospective new purchaser?

Firstly it is possible to suggest that there are at least 3 good versions available, all of which are likely to give great satisfaction to a great number of people. This is perhaps because this opera is such a fine creation that it enables the participants to rise to their best. So if there is a world class team engaged it is likely that you will get a world class result with little risk of failure.

Rather than give a detailed review of each version therefore I will attempt a general summary of the options based on these 3 productions. They are the two Zeffirelli productions at The Met and at La Scala. There is also the Copley production by way of comparison at the Royal Opera.
There are some key considerations in my opinion. Firstly the group of four men must work well as a team in addition to individual merits. Rodolfo, Mimi, Musetta and Marcello must also communicate strongly to each other in the same way. The end must be genuinely draining.

The Met performance delivers on all counts. Gheorghiu and Vargas both deliver a believable relationship with each other. All 4 men relate well to each other.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Boheme 23 May 2009
I assumed that Angela Gheorghiu singing the role of Mimi would be enough to carry the production through, no matter who took the role of Rudolfo... in this case Ramon Vargas. I underestimated! Between them they, and not forgetting the rest of the cast, give a heart-rending performance that leaves the viewer as emotionally exhausted as they all obviously are at the end of the final act. Bravo! Magnificent! Puccini would approve.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
MET gave a series of very high quality live opera video for cinema/TV boardcast. Il Barbiere is one, here we have another one.
This production is not totally new but it looks like a new one because the color is so fresh and framing is very professional as a movie.

Vargas was a cute big boy and has a really lovely voice. Gheorghiu was the star of the night. Her voice was a bit too heavy for ActI and she was a bit overacting when singing her aria, however she was so beautiful and very convincing in later duet. She and this production show that Mimi is not a simple mind girl, but an brave woman who dares to love and to ask for love, even til last minute of life. In the later acts she was perfect and really touching. Her acting in 4th act was heartbreaking.

Among all videos of this opera my favorite is 1979 La Scala one under C. Kleiber's conducting. However that video doesn't have good enough sound and screen quality, not to mention you can't really get that from Amazon. For other videos, some are too old style, some are good singing but bad production... This one is in general the highest quality one.
Whether you are already an opera fan or a new person, this video can give you a lot of fun (or tears because of being touched).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful music great recording
Published 26 days ago by LONDON READER
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant - excellent value
Published 1 month ago by James R. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Puccini - La Boheme [The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2008] [DVD]
There is not a lot you can say about this recording with this cast. You either love opera or you don't, and I do.
Published 2 months ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
This is now one of my favourite dvd,s; visually, performance, clarity of sound and excellent subtitles. I would happily recommend it. Vic Burks
Published 4 months ago by g.v.burks
5.0 out of 5 stars Zeffirelli's Marvellous Interpretation
All the performers and the dirctors show how to present this wonderful music and bring it alive and real once more.
Published 5 months ago by john kemsey-bourne
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
I cried! The last act was very poignant. My wife and I enjoyed it but we could not bear to watch very often. Great voices, excellent reproduction, lovely production. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Laurie Penman
3.0 out of 5 stars La Bohéme
As for starving aesthetes the principals could all benefitted by diets. At times there appeared to be more extras on stage than audience. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alex Balmforth
5.0 out of 5 stars Opera one can understand.
I really love the scenery. And the part on the dvd showing the scenery being changed between scenes is just amazing. The whole thing is realistic. James
Published 11 months ago by Jm Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great opera
Not as good as seeing it live but the next best thing. Good picture and sound. My daughter loves opera and enjoyed this.
Published 14 months ago by bebo
3.0 out of 5 stars La Boheme with Angela Gheorgghiu.
Delvery and packing up to Amazon's usual high standard. Singing up with the best. Unfortunately, the very pronounced colour fringing on the DVD ruined my enjoyment of it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by E. Hulme
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