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on 16 February 2008
Luciano Pavarotti at his absolute best, which is truly something to hear. Renata Scotto may not be everyone's ideal Mimi- she looks too much the sturdy healthy sort of girl, and her acting is terrible, but this is quibbling. For those who remember only the later, concert Pavarotti, or for those who have been disappointed with his acting in other things, this is the one to watch to see what all the fuss is about.
I would recommend skipping the Tony Randall [?] intro, its a bit cringe-worthy.
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on 7 April 2009
A beautifully sung and recorded production. Pavrotti is wonderful but every member of the cast give truly memorable performances. The production standard is not like the superb modern Met pieces of recent times but it is moving and charming. Very well worth having.
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on 20 November 2012
This recording really captures the atmosphere of the stage performance and Pavarotti sounds wonderful. However,the noisy prompts for the singers are often very noticeable especially in the last act. Mimi's death is punctuated by various grunts and sounds from the prompter which, unfortunately, rather spoil the atmosphere of the final scene. The visual quality is not brilliant, as any fast movement by the performers is very blurred, resulting in an impressionistic mish-mash of colours, especially in the crowd scenes. Worth buying for big "P", but otherwise, it's not a brilliant recording. If you want atmosphere, great, but if it's good visual and sound quality you're after, you might be disappointed.
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on 15 September 2014
One of the most sonorous of the operas, this "big event" from the Metropolitan doesn't work. Oh, it's grand, and it's televised, and it's a very special occasion, but Pavarotti is shouting, not singing. It was probably quite nice if you were actually there, in black tie, amidst the ambience of the Lincoln Center, with a table booked at The Oak Room, but as a recording, it is dire. The orchestra is superb, as you would expect from the Met., but don't buy this DVD for its musicality.
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on 7 March 2014
Why a curtain call after every act??? Detracts from the performance as a whole and destroys any continuity BAD BAD
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on 3 March 2014
This is a fantastic performance led by Scotto and superbly supported by Pavarotti - both in their vocal prime. Levine is on top form, the supporting cast good and the production is lavish and realistic. The sound is good although as a 70s vidjo it is dark and a little fuzzy. But you soon get used to this and drawn into the drama. Scotto worked better with Domingo and Bergonzi of course so the lovers seem a little uninvolved with each other but you can't have everything.
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on 24 November 2013
i got this for my grandad for his birthday. i loves la boheme. it is a great recording and he has watched many times already.
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on 26 December 2012
For anyone who enjoys opera this is a lovely addition to your collection and makes an ideal gift for anyone.
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on 18 March 2013
Mum and Dad really love this opera as it is their favourite, they have watched it over and over again
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on 26 May 2015
Superb A1 DVD
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