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PUCCINI La Boheme. Olesya Golovneva, Maria Fontosh, Joachim Backstom, Miklos Sebestyen, Daniel Hellstrom, Malmo Opera Orchestra & Chorus / Christian Badea. Naxos Blu-Ray

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Puccini La Boheme Malmo Opera Orchestra Chorus Badea Naxos Blu-Ray

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858–1924)
La Bohème


Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Olesya Golovneva, Maria Fontosh, Sopranos
Joachim Bäckstöm, Tenor
Miklós Sebestyén, Bass
Vladislav Sulimsky, Daniel Hellström, Baritones
Malmö Children’s Chorus - Malmö Opera Orchestra & Chorus / Christian Badea
Orpha Phelan - Stage Director

Based on stories by Henri Merger but also infused with the composer’s own experiences as a penniless graduate, Puccini’s powerful opera
La Bohème portrays its youthful characters’ romantic outlook on life and the brutally tragic end to their innocence. The story is set around
1830 but director Orpha Phelan sees Puccini’s characters as equally at home in our times: “their story is universal, all that is needed is to understand what it is like to be young and in love!” This Malmö production was acclaimed in the Svenska Dagbladet as “one of the most moving renditions of Puccini’s opera I have ever seen”.

This DVD and Blu-ray release captures the 2014 Malmö Opera production of La Bohème, acclaimed Irish director Orpha Phelan’s third with this company. The production brings Puccini’s famous bohemians into the present day, emphasizing the universal nature of young lives and tragedies while also picking up on today’s issues of urban poverty and gentrification.

Colorful and attractively dynamic in its use of distinctive Parisian carousels as stage sets, this production was received to great acclaim. Skanska Dagbladet remarked on “outstanding performances in both singing and acting. The audience responded with ovations to tear down the theatre. Malmö Opera’s La Bohème is a hit!”

Blogger Yiannis Gabriel also wrote “Modern dress works extremely well in this production, mostly colourful and punkish, but drainpipe blue jeans and cheap puffer jacket for Mimi. The effect in the last act, when Musetta removes Mimi’s old tennis shoes to reveal the bloodied newspaper padding with which she has tried to keep her feet warm had many in the audience gasp loudly. When you have a singer as thin and graceful as Olesya Golovneva in the role of Mimi, singing with unerring musicality and passion if not the most glamorous of voices, the effect of her death is tremendous.”

Conductor Christian Badea has received exceptional acclaim throughout his career, encompassing prestigious engagements in the foremost concert halls and opera houses of Europe, North America, and Asia. Among the opera houses where Christian Badea has guest conducted are the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Vienna State Opera, the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam and many more. Maestro Badea’s repertoire encompasses more than 100 operas with particular emphasis on the works of Mozart, Strauss, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Mussorgsky, as well as those of 20th century composers such as Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Janacek, Britten, Berg and Samuel Barber.

He has conducted extensively the Italian and French repertoire, collaborating with the most important singers of the last two decades.

Picture format: 1080i Full HD
Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: Italian, English,
German, French
Region code: 0 (Worldwide)

Naxos Blu-ray NBD0059

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