Che gelida manina sung by Jose Carreras, can one wish for more? Evidently one can.
7x La Bohème 1989-01-23, 1990-12-29, 2007-06-30, 2007-09-01, 2010-03-20, 2010-03-28, 2011-04-23
So what have I learnt from my 7 La Bohemes? Naturally one does have a soprano to love as Mimi, and a tenor to care for as Rodolfo. But that is not enough, without a great supporting cast it will not really move you. A great supporting cast without an affective Mimi or Rodolfo will not work. LA BOHEME is really a straight forward type of history. It is no need to embellish it, just put it on and let there be realism.
There are many kinds of realism. Sometimes less is more. Just remove what is not necessary and as the story is real. La Boheme needs person-regie. No opera is fail-proof not even La Boheme.
Latin Quarter, Paris
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