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Puccini at its best. Every detail shows the sign of a master. The melodies are simply heart-warming. With this masterwork Puccini has developed his personal style.
Read about La Boheme and listen to the great interpreter of this work. The opera plot was based on a serial novel that appeared in a Parisian magazine in Henri Murger described the lives of artists in the areas of Montmartre and the Latin Quarter. The characters he described in the novel were largely genuine, although adaptations to the opera were necessary, such as the addition of the person of Mimi, who does not appear in the original.
The protagonists in the model are also called Murger differently, probably because names such as Jacques are simply unsuitable for setting to music. Luigi Ilica was primarily responsible for the dramaturgical aspects, for the choice of locations and characters, etc. Puccini often intervened and prevailed. Each time, The publisher Ricordi had to intervene to mediate. Thus Puccini needed only 8 months for the composition, but the development of the libretto took 2 years.
Puccini did not compose an overture for this opera. The music opens with the theme of the students, which accompanies us through the whole opera. This beginning illustrates well the fact that this opera is composed of fragments for long stretches, but that these fragments are so cleverly interwoven that a feeling of continuity arises for the opera visitor. The writer Rodolfo and the painter Marcello sit hungry in front of the cold oven. It is cold in the apartment, Rodolfo even sacrifices one of his manuscripts.
In the first video you can see the beginning of the opera, which gives us an excellent introduction to the scenery. It is an excerpt from an elaborate production with the stars Villazon and Netrebkorecorded in halls in which a Paris district has been faithfully reproduced, and where you can follow a snowy street scene, populated with people in historical costumes. Synopsis : The philosopher Colline comes home. Only the musician Schaunard could earn something and brings wine, firewood and some money with him.
They are interrupted by their landlord Benoit, who duns the long overdue rent. Rodolfo is the only one left, as he still has to finish an article. There is a knock at the door. She asks for fire Act III: Mimis Addio - Puccini* - Highlights From La Bohème the extinguished candle. Mimi feels weak and Rodolfo takes care of her.
The two talk about their lives and their dreams. Rodolfo begins and tells of himself, the poet, the millionaire of dreams. It begins pianissimo and dolcissimo and the first part ends with a beautiful rallentando when Rodolfo points to the beautiful moon that romantically shimmers into the room e qui la luna.
In the fourth part he sings about Mimi, whom he has just met. We start with Pavarotti. Many experts consider Pavarotti to be the best Rodolfo in recording history.
It is one of the rare vocal portraits that makes the figure visible. The next recording is by Benjamino Gigli from the 30s. He was long regarded as the successor of Enrico Caruso. But at the end you hear a beautiful diminuendo. Synopsis : Mimi introduces herself. She is a seamstress and her real name is Lucia. In this aria Puccini portrays Mimi at the beginning with very simple means. So her text remains surprisingly unpoetic Thak God For Believers - Mark Chesnutt - Thank God For Believers first my name is Mimi…once my name was Lucia; I am diligent, and cook my own food and is composed in simple harmonies.
Then the miracle happens. Mimi recognizes her feelings for Rodolfo. Puccini then brings us back into the mood of the beginning of this aria. Naturally, this aria was recorded by many great singers. Reason enough Act III: Mimis Addio - Puccini* - Highlights From La Bohème choose four great recordings for you.
This was partly due to poliomyelitis at the age of 3 years, R.U.L.E - Ja Rule - R.U.L.E. certainly caused immobility.
All the more she had to rely on her vocal abilities. And they were excellent. A third recording we hear and see from Angela Gheorghiu. It shows that the Romanian singer is not only an excellent singer, but also a talented actress. In the last recording we hear Magda Olivero. The duet in a second interpretation from the great Karajan recording with Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni. By the way, Freni grew up in the same place as Pavarotti and is also a contemporary. Rodolfo buys a bonnet for Mimi from the toy seller and introduces her to his friends who are already partying.
From time Shoot Straight Johnny - Legend Seven - Blind Faith time, the dialogues of the protagonists emerge from this musical hullabaloo.
Tempo, beat, dynamics and texture change constantly, almost as if someone were moving through the crowd with a microphone. She broke a plate, snarled at the waiter and behaved like a quarrelsome woman. Puccini demands a lot from the interpreter in this famous piece.
He has written down more than 20 indications for the singer in the score, which always create different colours and tempos. Synopsis : She sends her rich lover away. On his return to the restaurant, the cheerful company is already gone and he has to pay the bill.
This scene seems is almost impressionistic and was very unusual for the listeners, which sometimes led to nasty comments. It begins with the hollow fifths describing the light snowfall and the desolation of this winter morning.
Synopsis : A few Act III: Mimis Addio - Puccini* - Highlights From La Bohème later. Marcello and Musette fight their way through life together, Dealers Choice - lindisfarne - Dealers Choice often quarrel. Rodolfo and Mimi are about to split up.
Rodolfo is always jealous. Mimi is unhappy and terminally ill. On a cold day in February, Mimi visits Marcello and asks for advice.
At this moment Rodolfo enters the apartment. Mimi hides and she learns from the conversation between the two men, that Rodolfo still loves her, but he wants her to find a rich friend who can help her. Synopsis : A cough betrays Mimi. Dedicato A Maria - Ennio Morricone - La Ragion Pura (The Sleeping Wife) comes out and explains herself.
She surrenders to her fate and wants to return to loneliness. After her death she asks Rodolfo to take care of her last belongings. Listen to Renata Tebaldi in a captivating recording. She sings this aria with a lot of emotion. Flute and violin play around her voice and give the scene an unheard-of brilliance. Once again Angela Gheorghiu in an Act III: Mimis Addio - Puccini* - Highlights From La Bohème television recording.
The then Met director Rudolf Bing knew better after years of hard negotiations with her. KatharinaEickhoff, SWR2. Interested people will find here a sound document of Nellie Melba, one of the greatest sopranos of the 19th century.
She had personally rehearsed Boheme with Puccini in Inat the age of 65, she made a farewell tour and left behind a beautiful quartet. At this point I would like to mention a curiosity that has happened to Puccini more than once. Namely, that another composer used the same novel as the basis for an opera. Puccini had long forgotten. The friends quickly became enemies. The race for the opera began. Puccini won it.
Synopsis : Months later, Marcello and Rodolfo go to work in the attic. Also private friends, they have sung together in many opera recordings. You will hear one of these great duets. Synopsis : Colline and Schaunard enter and bring something simple to eat.
A little later Musetta bursts into the room and has the terminally ill Mimi in her arms. Everyone leaves the apartment to sell their most valuable belongings to buy medicine. La boheme is the opera of trifles that lovingly portrays tiny objects and phenomena.
Each of these objects is linked to a musical motif.
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