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"Would you like to see this production again, on TV or in the cinema?"
NB: This Jury included at least 13 experienced opera-goers.
73% of them found this experience better than or comparable to a live performance.
Giancarlo del Monaco’s cinematic production of Puccini’s popular master-piece is among the greatest interpret-ations of modern times. Jesús López Cobos directs an outstanding cast, led by Inva Mula and Aquiles Machado as Mimi and Rodolfo.
‘This Bohème is a glorious vindication of traditional staging at its imaginative, re-creative best. …a hum dinger of a production, beautifully set by Michael Scott in period, fast-moving and full of pertinent detail … eloquent and lively playing from the Madrid Symphony, …Centre-stage is Inva Mula’s appealing, vulnerable and intensely sung Mimì…She sings with finely shaped and expressive phrasing.’
What the Jury liked:
Good production. Leads very good and Mimi excellent!
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
I really did appreciate the way the performance was filmed and the lighting as well as the staging. It was great, this performance absolutely must be seen!
Loved the staging and the changes of set.
I enjoyed the quality of the dialogues and the variety of the settings. The singers were also extremely good.
Lighting WONDERFUL for TV With perfect angles and superb close-ups. This production gave us the atmosphere of being at the opera plus the emotions you get out of the movie.
I’m biased because this is my favourite opera. Believable story, tuneful throughout—and not too long!
I love the music, which I knew already. Mimi was excellent and so was Marcello.
I love Puccini’s music. My fellow was very good and Mimi too.
A fine conventional production without being clichéd. Plus there was the added bonus of intense emotion even though it remained humble without any gratuitous effects—thanks to the quality of the interpretation and the intelligence and skill of the actors. Everything came together with emotional realism without any ostentation. A believable story, told with simplicity and depth make this an absolute delight.
I appreciated the “local, colour” with a dark background and the characters often in shadow expressing their misery and poverty.
I particularly enjoyed the heroes were both their superb voices came out to create great emotion.
What the Jury liked less:
Perhaps too many curtain calls?
Rodolfo not quite credible visually as a starving poet but his voice pretty much compensates.
Rodolfo perhaps miscast and, for me, too many secondary characters.
I didn’t find the tenor gorgeous.
We didn’t like this production as much as our favourite one, with Lucianoif singing.
Don’t understand why Rodolfo fell asleep beside his dying love, and didn’t much like the Christmas revels, which I felt were irrelevant and with too much stage business.
Singing / performance: B+
HDVD production: A-
Overall ranking: B+