La Bohème

Opera

Music by Giacomo Puccini

 

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A recording of highlights of La Bohème featuring members of the cast of the Broadway show directed by Baz Luhrmann can be ordered from amazon.com

 

 

Some recommended recordings

     
My favorite recording of La Bohème and one of the most acclaimed by critics was made in New York in 1956.  Victoria de los Angeles, Jussi Björling, Lucine Amara, and Robert Merrill star and are conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.  Available from amazon.com

Puccini : La Bohème, MP3, amazon.com
 
     

 

 

 

One of the most popular recordings of La Bohème (especially popular in Newton, Massachusetts, according to amazon.com) stars Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Elizabeth Harwood, and Rolando Panerai, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

Also available from amazon.co.uk.

 

An “historical” recording

 

Naxos has issued a recording of a February 1938 La Bohème featuring Licia Albanese, Beniamino Gigli, Tatiana Menotti, and Afro Poli, with the La Scala Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Umberto Berrettoni.  Available from amazon.com

 

 

A recommended video

 

 

One of my all-time favorite opera videos is the Australian Opera's 1993 video of Puccini's La Bohème. The action is updated to the 1950's, with a good-looking cast that sings quite pleasantly, sometimes in leather jackets. The production and stage direction are quite interesting.  The stage director is Baz Luhrmann, well known as the director of the recent movie Moulin Rouge.  The video director is Geoffrey Nottage.  The cast including David Hobson as Rodolfo, Cheryl Barker as Mimì, and Christine Douglas as Musetta, and the Australian Opera Chorus and Orchestra are conducted by Julian Smith.  Available on VHS (for North America) from amazon.com

 

 

Vocal score

 

Vocal score of Puccini’s La Bohème (Dover Vocal Scores) amazon.com

 

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