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Puccini: La Boheme / Sayao, Tucker, Antonicelli, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Release Date: 03/02/2018 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 19075810742  
Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mimi BenzellRichard TuckerSalvatore BaccaloniBidu Sayao
Conductor:  Giuseppe Antonicelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Association OrchestraMetropolitan Opera Association Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sony Classical announces a further batch of complete recordings from the CBS/Sony and RCA Victor catalogues. The newest installment of this popular series features some unusual repertoire as well as documents of the New York Metropolitan Opera in its postwar heyday. Puccini’s La Bohème from 1947 is a classic “Old Met company” performance, starring the leading American tenor of the day, Richard Tucker, as Rodolfo and the delightful Brazilian soprano Bidú Sayão as Mimì. Tucker had sung his first Rodolfo only a month before, but, as Gramophone observed, “he sounds like part of a team, each member of which knows this opera and this production of it inside out. He is in fine, youthful, effortlessly produced voice and Read more his line is immaculately sustained, never broken by histrionics. All the others are first-class ensemble singers but the star, undoubtedly, is Bidú Sayão. Her voice has great charm and touching purity, she sings expressively but never overdoes her acting, and the intimacy of her portrayal, which makes the last act so moving, is perhaps surprising from a soprano who had sung this role so often in such a huge auditorium. … [Conductor Giuseppe] Antonicelli’s control of rubato is admirable, the fruit no doubt of having worked with these singers in these roles so often.”



Boxy sound in this studio recording made at the Met in 1947, sampling a representative local cast of the period, with Brazilian soprano Bidù Sayão a flavoursome Mimì opposite Richard Tucker’s wiry Rodolfo.

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Works on This Recording

La Bohčme by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mimi Benzell (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor), Salvatore Baccaloni (Bass),
Bidu Sayao (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Antonicelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Association Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Association Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 

Customer Reviews

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 From the stage of the old MET February 13, 2020 By J. Tatnall (West Grove, PA) See All My Reviews "Know what you are buying here: 1) 1947, initially issued on 78rmp discs, so this is pre LP high fidelity mono...still the sound is clear. 2) This was recorded in the Old MET with the orchestra in the pit and the soloists and chorus on stage. You are actually getting the sound and acoustic of that famous old theatre (pictures from the original LP show this) 3) You are getting an ensemble cast from the Edward Johnson era of the MET. 4) You are getting the score as it was performed in that theatre, transpositions and all. 5) You are getting the young Richard Tucker in his 3rd season at the MET. It is quite a wonderful performance, beautifully sung and well conducted, and it comes across that way even though it was recorded in 4 minute segments (the length of 78rpm discs. It is a piece of history and well worth having in one's collection." Report Abuse
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