Having just acquired a new large screen TV, I have recently been expanding my collection of Opera on Blu Ray to take advantage of my home theatre setup. I had purchased, and was recently disappointed by a production of La Boheme at the Royal Opera Chorus. Despite its multiple Five-Star reviews on Amazon, I found the voices of the lead singers wanting, although it was an otherwise satisfying production.
Pressing on, I noticed this production of La Boheme at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago. Despite the lack of reviews at the time I ordered it, I was heartened to see that the production was staged by noted Italian director Ettore Scola, who is a favorite of mine. Based on his reputation alone, I decided to take the plunge. I am glad that I did.
The principal singers, Daniela Dessi and Fabio Armiliato were not only capable, they excelled at the starring roles. Particularly Mr. Armiliato, who vocally reminded me of a young Begonzi. The singing was more than adequate; I was thrilled to hear the parts of Rodolfo and Mimi sung with great gusto and clarity, as they were by the stars here. In addition, there was not a bad voice among the supporting cast and, in particular, the roles of Musetta, Marcello and especially Colline were both professional and satisfying.
At the end, I found I had thoroughly enjoyed this production. Absolutely recommended.
- Format: Classical, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
- Language: Italian
- Subtitles: English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Naxos Deutschland Musik & Video Vertriebs-GmbH / Poing
- DVD Release Date: 27 May 2016
- Run Time: 123 minutes
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- ASIN: B01D3LC1TA