Puccini: La Bohème - The Met (DVD)

Deutsche Grammophon
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Pavarotti, Scotto, The Met

Renata Scotto
Luciano Pavarotti
Maralin Niska

Ingvar Wixell
Allan Monk
Paul Plishka

Italo Tajo
Andrea Velis

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
James Levine

Luciano Pavarotti, Renata Scotto, and Ingvar Wixell star in this Fabrizio Melano production of the Puccini opera from the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by James Levine. Recorded in 1977.

Sound Format: STEREO: PCM / SURROUND: Dolby Digital 5.1 & DTS 5.1
Picture Format: 4:3
Subtitles: Italian/German/English/French/Spanish/Chinese

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A newly issued Metropolitan Opera performance from March 1977 was the first ever Met live telecast, with Renata Scotto and a younger Pavarotti, plausible as Rodolfo. Both are in very fine voice here. Scotto is a memorable Mimì, and Pavarotti is at his most involving. The supporting cast is strong: Maralin Niska as a flamboyant Musetta, and Ingvar Wixell, Allan Monk and Paul Plishka as Marcello, Schaunard and Colline. Levine conducts with great style and purpose . . . Fabrizio Melano¿s production . . . has imaginative touches and the singers respond to his direction . . . As a bonus there are interviews with Pavarotti, Levine and Scotto. The latter has some fascinating things to say about her approach to the role of Mimì and how she achieves such dramatic intensity on stage.
Nigel Simeone, International Record Review (2006)

Rodolfo was Pavarotti's signature role, and he was in peak form in 1977. He is funny, warm, touching, and believable, and a consummate vocal stylist . . . Scotto . . . is . . . a most appealing and Italianate Mimì. Today's young singers could learn a lot about coloring and shading their voices for expressive purposes from this performance alone. In the same vein as Magda Olivero and Claudia Muzio, her singing is a paragon of class, communication, and emotional authenticity . . . the brightness of her [Niska's] voice makes her an excellent foil for Scotto . . . It made me cry for both joy and grief several times, and really, what would be the point otherwise?
Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare (2006)

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