The incomparable Anna Netrebko follows Deutsche Grammophon’s acclaimed, best-selling 2008 audio release of La Bohème.

This Blu-Ray 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 away. 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.

PUCCINI La Boheme. Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Massimo Cavalletti, Nino Machaidze, Wiener Philharmoniker / Daniele Gatti. Blu-RayPUCCINI La Boheme. Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Massimo Cavalletti, Nino Machaidze, Wiener Philharmoniker / Daniele Gatti. Blu-RayView or buy

PUCCINI La Boheme. Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Massimo Cavalletti, Nino Machaidze, Wiener Philharmoniker / Daniele Gatti. DG 2 DVDPUCCINI La Boheme. Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Massimo Cavalletti, Nino Machaidze, Wiener Philharmoniker / Daniele Gatti. DG 2 DVD

PUCCINI La Boheme. Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon. Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks / Bertrand de Billy. DG 2cdsPUCCINI La Boheme. Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon. Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks / Bertrand de Billy. DG 2cds

The New York Times wrote, “You don’t often hear Mimì sung with such vivid character and sheer charisma.”

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