Puccini - La Boheme (Blu-ray) | Naxos - Blu-ray NBD0059

Puccini - La Boheme (Blu-ray)

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Label: Naxos - Blu-ray

Cat No: NBD0059

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 9th June 2017

Contents

Artists

Olesya Golovneva (soprano)
Maria Fontosh (soprano)
Joachim Backstom (tenor)
Miklos Sebestyen (bass)
Vladislav Sulimsky (baritone)
Daniel Hellstrom (baritone)
Malmo Children’s Chorus
Malmo Opera Orchestra & Chorus

Conductor

Christian Badea

Works

Puccini, Giacomo

La Boheme

Artists

Olesya Golovneva (soprano)
Maria Fontosh (soprano)
Joachim Backstom (tenor)
Miklos Sebestyen (bass)
Vladislav Sulimsky (baritone)
Daniel Hellstrom (baritone)
Malmo Children’s Chorus
Malmo Opera Orchestra & Chorus

Conductor

Christian Badea

About

Based on stories by Henri Merger but also infused with the composer’s own experiences as a penniless graduate, Puccini’s powerful opera La Bohème portrays its youthful characters’ romantic outlook on life and the brutally tragic end to their innocence. The story is set around 1830 but director Orpha Phelan sees Puccini’s characters as equally at home in our times: “their story is universal, all that is needed is to understand what it is like to be young and in love!” This Malmö production was acclaimed in the Svenska Dagbladet as “one of the most moving renditions of Puccini’s opera I have ever seen”.

This DVD and Blu-ray release captures the 2014 Malmö Opera production of La Bohème, acclaimed Irish director Orpha Phelan’s third with this company. The production brings Puccini’s famous bohemians into the present day, emphasizing the universal nature of young lives and tragedies while also picking up on today’s issues of urban poverty and gentrification.

Colourful and attractively dynamic in its use of distinctive Parisian carousels as stage sets, this production was received to great acclaim. Skanska Dagbladet remarked on “outstanding performances in both singing and acting. The audience responded with ovations to tear down the theatre. Malmö Opera’s La Bohème is a hit!”

Conductor Christian Badea has received exceptional acclaim throughout his career, encompassing prestigious engagements in the foremost concert halls and opera houses of Europe, North America, and Asia. Among the opera houses where Christian Badea has guest conducted are the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Vienna State Opera, the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam and many more. Maestro Badea’s repertoire encompasses more than 100 operas with particular emphasis on the works of Mozart, Strauss, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Mussorgsky, as well as those of 20th century composers such as Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Janáček, Britten, Berg and Samuel Barber. He has conducted extensively the Italian and French repertoire, collaborating with the most important singers of the last two decades.

Cast:
- Mimi: Olesya Golovneva (soprano)
- Rodolfo: Joachim Bäckstöm (tenor)
- Marcello: Vladislav Sulimsky (baritone)
- Musetta: Maria Fontosh (soprano)
- Schaunard: Daniel Hällström (baritone)
- Colline: Miklós Sebestyén (bass)

Stage direction: Orpha Phelan

Picture format: 1080i Full HD
Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French
Region code: 0 (Worldwide)

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