The production stars Fiorenza Cedolins in the lead role and renowned tenor Marcello Giordani as her Pinkerton. The performance was conducted by Daniel Oren who has worked with the opera festival for more than two decades.Recorded live at the Arena di Verona 10 July 2004.
Puccini based his opera La bohme on the autobiographical novel ""Scnes de la vie de Bohme"" by Henri Murger. The novel reminded him of his own bohemian existence as an impoverished student at the conservatory in Milan. During the composition process Puccini learned that Ruggero Leoncavallo was also working on turning the novel into an opera and writing his own libretto for it. The two composers swiftly became rivals but Puccini managed to finish his opera first which premiered over a year before Leoncavallo's version. The way in which Puccini managed to combine comedy and tragedy in this opera is superb and Franz Welser-Mst's conducting aims to really bring out the libretto. The Belgian director of this production Philippe Sireuil was heavily inspired by Aki Kaurismki's film version of Henri Murger's novel ""Scnes de la vie de Bohme"". Kaurismki's great melancholic sensitive and totally unpretentious cinematic impressions led Sireuil to picture the state of a ""carefree poverty"" in which the bohemian students live on the edge of society. Stage designer Vincent Lamaire has been working closely with Sireuil for years and the key aspect in the set design for both of them was to place the characters in completely realistic surroundings. Furniture and props are only used very sparingly.
Karita Mattila gives a career high performance in Puccini's passionate opera Manon Lescaut conducted by James Levine - filmed live at the Metropolitan Opera in Hi-Definition. Continuing its collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera and its Metropolitan Opera : Live in High-Definition series EMI Classics is proud to release the METs classic 28 year old production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut on EMI Classics DVD. This release marks a special moment in the Metropolitan Opera's history. It is the first time in 18 years since Puccini's Manon Lescaut was last performed on its great stage. Manon Lescaut a French tale telling of a beautiful young woman destroyed by her conflicting needs for love and luxury was Puccini's first successful opera and the work that thrust him onto the international stage as Italy's foremost opera composer. Finnish soprano Karita Mattila as Manon Lescaut is the star of the performance. Her interpretation of the first of Puccini's many archetypal heroines is riveting - New York Times. Interestingly Mattila waited until her voice had gained maturity and richness before when she was nearly 40 she first portrayed her Manon Lescaut in 1999. She now returns - enticing James Levine to conduct the work for the first time since 1981. After 35 highly successful years as Music director of the Metropolitan Opera a relationship unparalleled and unique in the musical world today James Levine leads a fresh and intelligent performance.
These three legendary outstanding operas from the Arena di Verona Festival feature star conductors such as Nello Santi and Daniel Oren. Zeffirelli's interpretation of 'Madama Butterfly' shows us a masterpiece of traditional Italian opera. The 'Aida' staging by Gianfranco De Bosio was seen and loved by thousands of opera lovers throughout the world. Star singers as the Italian soprano Fiorenza Cedolins, Marcelo Ã¯Â¿Â½lvarez, Ruggero Raimondi or Maria Chiara show us the highest performance quality o...
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