Non più le mani allividite

La bohème: Ten video recordings from YouTube, and five bilingual librettos.

La bohème is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere performance of La bohème was in Turin on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio and conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini. Since then, La bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide. (Wikipedia)

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Roberto Alagna & Angela Gheorghiu La Bohême Orange, 2005

Angela Gheorghiu & Roberto Alagna in a production of ‘La Boheme’ directed by Spain’s Jesus Lopez-Cobos at the Orange Opera festival, 28 July 2005. The couple recently announced that they are to reprise their roles forthcoming Royal Opera House production of the famous opera. [ClassicFM]

Angela Gheorghiu. (2013, April 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:08, April 28, 2013, from

Julia Llewellyn Smith (25 Sep 2011) Opera singer Angela Gheorghiu says of her marital difficulties with Roberto Alagna: ‘It was stupid of us to be apart’. Retrieved April 28th from

OperaChik (May 15, 2012)
Angela Gheorghiu Speaks! About Alagna, Netrebko, Booing, Fleming, etc.

Roberto Alagna. (2013, April 16). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:07, April 28, 2013, from

Puccini: La Bohème – 1956 (Maria Callas & Giuseppe di Stefano) [Complete]
Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Anna Moffo, Antonino Votto, Chorus & Orchestra of La Scala, Milan

This 1956 recording of Puccini’s perennially popular La bohème was Callas’s twelfth complete opera recording with La Scala, Milan, though she never sang it live on stage here or anywhere else.While less demanding than many rôles, Mimì nonetheless allows Callas to showcase some highly refined singing marked by her uniquely sensitive musicianship and admirable rhythmic mastery.The cast also features Anna Moffo’s very pleasing interpretation of Musetta and, in the rôle of Rodolfo, Giuseppe Di Stefano, one of the most beautiful lyric tenor voices of the twentieth century. (Naxos)

Maria Callas. (2013, April 22). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:27, April 28, 2013, from

Andrea Bocelli at the Opera “La Boheme” (1998)
Direttore d’orchestra Steven Mercurio

Andrea Bocelli. (2013, April 26). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:10, April 28, 2013, from

Carlos Kleiber: La Boheme (Puccini) – La Scala 1979 (Complete)
Milan , La Scala
30 March , 1979 ; Live Recordings
La Scala Milan Orchestra & Chorus
Mimi : Ileana Cotrubas
Rodolfo : Luciano Pavarotti

Ileana Cotrubaș. (2013, March 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:11, April 28, 2013, from

Carlos Kleiber. (2013, April 23). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:12, April 28, 2013, from

Luciano Pavarotti & Mirella Freni in “La Bohème” San Francisco
Mimi…………………..Mirella Freni
Rodolfo………………..Luciano Pavarotti
Musetta………………..Sandra Pacetti
Marcello……………….Gino Quilico
Colline………………..Nicolai Ghiaurov
Schaunard………………Stephen Dickson
Benoit/Alcindoro………..Italo Tajo
Chorus & Orchestra of the Opera San Francisco
Tiziano Severini, conductor
San Francisco, 1988

Cheryl Barker & Hubson Smith -Australin Opera House -full
Comment: The tenor’s name is David Hobson. Alway good to know the players. THe prouction was recorded and played on PBS in the ’90s.

Live from the Met. 1982. Teresa Stratas. Jose Carreras. Richard Stillwell. James

Actors: Teresa Stratas, Renata Scotto, José Carreras, Richard Stilwell, Allan Monk
Directors: James Levine
Deutsche Grammophon is proud to present Franco Zeffirelli’s iconic staging of La Bohème as recorded liveat the Metropolitan Opera on January 16, 1982, available once again on DVD. This timeless production continues to thrill audiences almost every season since it was first introduced in 1981, and this performance captures the production at the very beginning with the original cast. Teresa Stratas, renowned for her acting abilities, captures the essence of Mimì–her fragility, her resolve, her passion. Stratas is partnered by José Carreras as Rodolfo, the poet and love of her dreams. The cast is rounded out with a lively Renata Scotto (who was filmed as Mimì in an earlier MET production, also available on DVD from Deutsche Grammophon) and sonorous Richard Stilwell. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, culminating with over 200 people on stage for the conclusion of Act 2. This performance, well-known for its musical and visual qualities, is now available again. (Amazon)

Salzburger Festspiele 2012 – Teil 1

Salzburger Festspiele 2012 – Teil 2
Piotr Beczala, Rodolfo, ein Dichter
Anna Netrebko, Mimì
Massimo Cavalletti, Marcello, ein Maler
Nino Machaidze, Musetta
Alessio Arduini, Schaunard, ein Musiker
Carlo Colombara, Colline, ein Philosoph
Davide Fersini, Benoît, Hausherr
Peter Kálmán, Alcindoro, Staatsrat
Wiener Philharmoniker
Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kindercho

Clive Paget (Apr 30, 2013) Puccini: La Bohème (Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala – Salzburg Festival 2012). Retrieved 2013.05.07 from,puccini-la-boh232me-anna-netrebko-piotr-beczala-8211-salzburg-festival-2012.aspx

Puccini, La Boheme. Jimin Park, Takesha Meshe Kizart
Gale Edwards’s provocative staging of La Bohème, set amid the glamour and decadence of 1930s Berlin, was a visual feast. Anyone in want of a souvenir will thus probably prefer the DVD incarnation of this performance, but Opera Australia has covered all its bases just the same, and released it on CD as well.

Recorded live in the acoustically frustrating Opera Theatre of the Sydney Opera House, this Bohème won’t delight audiophiles – the orchestra in particular sounds much more distant and tinny than it deserves – but the energy of live performance has been well captured, applause and all.

As Mimì, Takesha Meshé Kizart sings with opulent voice and tremulous emotion. Her delivery is at times too mannered and grandiose, but all in all she taps effectively into the character’s sweet, passionate nature. Ji-Min Park brings ardent, youthful energy to Rodolfo, but his slender voice tends to sound pressurised, especially in moments of high volume or tessitura. (Sarah Noble, Jun 14, 2012)

La Boheme – Korea National Opera (April. 2012) KBS

Staatstheater Wiesbaden.
Dirigent: Cornelius Heine
Mimì: Tatiana Plotnikova
Rodolfo: Dichter Alfred Kim

La Boheme by Marius Vlad on the 5 of June 2011 in Cluj
Rodolfo – Marius Manea
Mimi – Tina Munteanu
Musetta – Dorina Cheşei
Marcello – Vicenţiu Ţăranu
Schaunard – Ion Dimieru
Colline – Horia Sandu
Benoît – Ştefan Schuller
Alcindoro – Paul Basacopol
Parpignol – Constantin Negru

Orchestra and chorus of the Bucharest National Opera
Conductor – Vlad Conta

In a month I will also be attending La bohème at Euskalduna jauregia (Bilbao, May 21st 2013) 😉

Mimì: Inva Mula
Rodolfo: Stefano Secco
Musetta: Carmen Romeu
Marcelo: Simone Piazzola
Colline: Roberto Tagliavini
Schaunard: Manel Esteve
Benoit/ Alcindoro: Alberto Arrabal
Orquesta del Teatro Regio di Parma
Coro de Ópera de Bilbao
Director musical Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez
Director de escena Emilio Sagi
Director del coro Boris Dujin

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