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.
In every sense this Boheme glows. John Copley's legendary staging with stes by Julia Trevelyan Oman,first seen in 1972,is renowned for its authenticity and detail,both architecural 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 buste alive as effectively as any BBC classic,Far better than Zeffirelli's overblown Met effort or even the recent Netrebko/Villazon film. On DVD it looks and sounds Wonderful- a new recommendation. BBC Music DVD Choice. Performance ***** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,sept 2010
Andris Nelsons conduts a well-paced performance. --Gramophone,Dec'10