La Bohème, Puccini – Opera

Tiziano Severini, Francesca Zambello – Mirella Freni (Mimi), Luciano Pavarotti ténor (Rodolfo) – San Francisco Opera

Puccini's bittersweet opera of high-spirited bohemians and the doomed love between Rodolfo, the idealistic poet and Mimi, the consumptive flower-maker, is a beautifully balanced series of tableaux depicting the infectious joie de vivre of youth and the tragic waste of disease and separation.

The legendary and incomparable partnership of Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti as the two lovers has been captured in this special live recording from stage of the San Francisco Opera. Brian Large has adapted Francesca Zambello's production for the video, further illuminating the fascinating interaction of Puccini's deeply human characters.

Gino Quilico sings Marcello, the colorful and moody painter, whose tempestuous relationship with the flirtatious Musetta (sung by Sandra Pacetti), comically mirrors the more profound love of Rodolfo and Mimi. Nicolai Ghiaurov sings Colline.

In the press:

"Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni turned in incandescent performances as Puccini's young lovers."
San Francisco Times

Mirella Freni soprano (Mimi)
Luciano Pavarotti tenor (Rodolfo)
Sandra Pacetti soprano (Musetta)
Gino Quilico baritone (Marcello)
Nicolai Ghiaurov bass guitare (Colline)


San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Tiziano Severini conductor


Francesca Zambello stage director

Movie director : Brian Large
Playlists : The Irrestible Playlist, Great Italian Operas
Musical period : Romantic music
Music genres : Voice, Opera
Musical form : Opera

Duration : 01 h 56 min
Location : San Francisco Opera (San Francisco, California, USA)
Production date : 1989
Production : © RM Arts / San Francisco Opera Association / LaserDisc Corporation
Available version(s) : IT ST EN



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