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Puccini: La Boheme -- Royal Opera House/Gardelli [DVD] [2000] [2001]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Aug 2000
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004UF00
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,128 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This full-blooded 1982 performance of Puccini's most-loved opera demonstrates just how much drive and powerful emotion can make up for a certain lack of subtlety. Cotrubas' Mimi is entirely moving in both joy and death, while never quite feeling as thoroughly frail as some of her quieter rivals; stronger tenor voices than Neil Shicoff's have recorded the role, and yet he has a Romantic passion and a dignity that many of his rivals fail to bring to the role. That under-rated singer Gwynne Howell is especially moving in Colline's farewell to his cloak--one of those perfect little showcase sections Puccini sometimes gives to minor parts. Marilyn Zschau's Musetta is broad and comic and yet somehow includes the audience in the glorious joke that her sexuality is for her; when Thomas Allen sings, to her waltz theme, of youth that is not yet dead, his ardour transcends realism. Gardelli knew this score in his bones--the production bounces along from comedy to tears to eroticism to tragedy and neither cast nor orchestra miss a single one of Puccini's wonderful touches of emotional exploitation. --Roz Kaveney

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DVD W/Cotrubas, Shicoff, Gardelli // Aangenaam Klassiek 03

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Puccini's most well known opera is performed here by a very experienced international cast in the Royal Opera's traditional production by John Copley. The four central characters are very well sung and acted. Cotrubas is a very affecting Mimi, matched by an ardent Schicoff as Rodolfo. Thomas Allen is marvellous as Marcello and Marilyn Zschau is a very sprited Musetta, producing a moving performance in Act 4. The sound and picture quality is excellent and the production works well - Act 2 is very well worked. A very good Boheme indeed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars La Boheme, Puccini, Royal Opera House 15 Nov 2011
Puccini's tragic opera La Boheme is set in Paris, 1830. It tells the story of the poet, Rodolfo (Neil Shicoff). He meets Mimi (Ileana Cotrubas), a seamstress who comes to his house asking him to light her candle and they almost immediately fall in love. He later wants to leave her making the excuse that she is flirtatious with wealthier men.

However, the real reason is that she is very ill which he feels is his fault due to the poor conditions that they live in, believing that this was the cause of her illness. They separate for a month and they are rejoined, but it is short lived and she dies in his arms.

Although this is not one of my favorite Puccini opera's (them being Tosca and Madame Butterfly),it is still excellent. Its wonderful blend of joyfull composition (at the beginning) and its tragic beauty is remarkable.

Tenor Neil Shicoff gave a tremendous performance, his voice sounding spectacular. His emotional interpretation of this role, makes him one of the best Rodolfo's I have heard. Thomas Allen as Marcello, was also brilliant, his deep baritone voice perfect. His duet with Ileana Cotrubas in act three was astounding.

Marilyn Zschau was wonderful as Musetta, her rendition of "Quando men vo" was excellently playful with a voice of great power. Her performance swiftly changed from the silly flirt to a caring woman at Mimi's death bed, her voice sweet and passionate.

The greatest singer in the production was Ileana Cotrubas, her performance as Mimi was mesmerizing. Her voice was radiant, with brilliant acting skills to match. She sounded almost effortless, never wavering and her exquisite voice created goosebumps on my arms. Her heart braking performance alone, makes this production worth purchasing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars La Boheme -Royal Opera House/Gardelli 16 Oct 2004
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While over twenty years old, this live performance of Boheme still has considerable charm. The principals all provide strong perfomances -especially the excellent Thomas Allen, but it is the ensemble singing and acting that is the main attraction. The traditional staging at the ROH now looks a little dated and unoriginal- but overall the whole opera is appealing and the music as emotionally felt as ever. The orchestra of the ROH is in stirring form and it is a pity that the odd glitch from the horns towards the close could not have been edited out. Overall a very good offering without any particular benefits to the DVD format.
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