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Puccini: La Boheme [DVD] [2009] [NTSC]

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  • Format: HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LL13BQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,817 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Franco Zeffirelli's acclaimed 1982 Metropolitan Opera production of Puccini's opera. The all-star cast is led by Teresa Stratas, Renata Scotto and Jose Carreras. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mig on 22 July 2010
This is my review of a previous DVD edition of this production.
Male superiority, 2 Nov 2004
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This review is from: La Boheme [DVD] [US Import] (DVD)
If you like your Puccini subtle and intimate, stick to a CD version : this is not for you. But if you have never got over the disappointment of only hearing and not seeing Jose Carreras' Rodolfo in the 1988 Comencini film version, this is the chance to make up for it with a perfect romantic but very human hero.
In this 1982 New York Met production, we find a lavish Zeffirelli set, plenty of colour and movement, but a certain excess, particularly in the second act. The Latin Quarter is not just crowded but over-crowded, with the stage chock-full on two levels, especially with the barely justifiable arrival of Musetta in a horse-drawn carriage. Renata Scotto thoroughly enjoys herself in the role, but her waltz (and her high notes) lack the brilliance a livelier tempo would bring.
This lack of pace was already a problem in Teresa Stratas' "Mi chiamano Mimi", where her systematic glissando gives the impression at times that she is slightly behind the orchestra, dragging it to a depressing rhythm.
The two sopranos are the most disappointing element, and fortunately their rather younger male partners are more credible in their roles, and vocally more dependable.
In the second half, as the opera develops into melodrama, at last this production becomes more convincing and shows how Puccini can play with our emotions. Mimi and Rodolfo are both restrained and very moving as they try to leave each other. At the beginning of the last act Marcello and Rodolfo's duet, then the lively comic scene between the four friends, contrast admirably and we are swept along when tragedy erupts among them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Bell on 31 Mar. 2014
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I hoped for magic having read the reviews. What I got was not that. I fully realise that you cannot tell other people what they will enjoy, only write of your own feelings. I have never subscribed to the idea that Levine is a great conductor but here I thought he controlled his forces well and supported the singers without imposing on them. Both the emotional and musical climaxes were as they should be. Of the four bohemians Shaunard was undoubtedly the weakest whereas Stilwell as Marcello was excellent - a strong virile baritone as required and Morris a good Colline. Carreras was everything you hoped for - handsome, acting convincingly and in great voice - his Act 1 aria sounding as it should, as a spontaneous utterance. He has Rodolfo's humour, anger and despair delineated beautifully. His phrasing (as in roles such as Nemorino) is often borrowed from his idol Di Stefano and none the worse for that. He rode the climaxes with ease in Act 2 and his scene with Marcello in Act 3 was superbly sung. Good to see veteran bass Italo Tajo as Benoit and Alcindoro looking and acting quite differently in both roles. A true artist.
Sadly, for me at least , when it comes to the ladies there are serious difficulties. Scotto's Musetta was totally convincing as a stage character. Looking (for uk readers) disturbingly like Barbara Windsor, she burst onto the stage and and seized her moments like a true artist, but alas the voice was worn and unpleasantly shrill. Her highest notes even at her peak tended to harden but Musettas waltz song does not take her into the stratosphere but at this stage in her career it took her beyond what was an acceptable sound.
If you cannot love Mimi then the centre of the opera (for me as a man) is hollow.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Blake on 4 Sept. 2010
Jose Carreras sings and acts superbly as well as still being young and incredibly handsome. He is a very credible Rodolfo. Any woman would melt but when he gets going with his rendition of Che gelida manina, Mimi just doesn't stand a chance; his delivery of this is outstanding and more tender than I have ever heard. Teresa Stratas plays a convincing, frail sufferer of TB and sings very well. Renata Scotto is a little shrill but is lively, acts well and is colorful and strong in her role. James Morris has great presence. The production is lavish the orchestra great. I think this is a performance that you will carry in your mind for ever and a DVD you will replay many times.
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