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The incomparable Anna Netrebko follows Deutsche Grammophon’s acclaimed, best-selling 2008 audio release of La Bohème.
Now you can watch Netrebko perform Mimi, a role written for her acting and singing abilities.
This DVD is a new production of the Puccini favourite, staged at Salzburg 2012.
Tenor Piotr Beczala rocks as Rodolfo, Mimì’s lover. Massimo Cavalletti sings Rodolfo’s friend Marcello with uncommon finesse and beauty of tone. Nino Machaidze is a moving Musetta.
The robust orchestration of this popular opera verges on the ethereal as Mimì’s life slips
Throughout his reading, conductor Daniele Gatti strikes the perfect balance between sentiment and sentimentality, vigour and fragility, the specter of untimely death and the quick and young it haunts.
The New York Times wrote, “You don’t often hear Mimì sung with such vivid character and sheer charisma.”
Works on This Recording
La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
Carlo Colombara (Bass),
Anna Netrebko (Soprano),
Nino Machaidze (Soprano),
Massimo Cavalletti (Baritone),
Piotr Beczala (Tenor),
Alessio Arduini (Baritone)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,
Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Written: 1896; Italy
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