Sonya Yoncheva and Charles Castronovo lead an award-winning cast in Richard Jones’s acclaimed production of Puccini’s most heartrending opera. Emmanuel Villaume conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Royal Opera Chorus in some of the composer’s most luscious and memorable music.
Spectacular designs by Stewart Laing for this Royal Opera production set the passion, friendship, comedy and tragedy in a late 19th-century Paris. The production evokes the vulnerability of youth amid the harshness and glamour of the big city, and contrasts the poverty of the bohemian’s attic home with the splendour of Paris’s shopping arcades on Christmas Eve.
Royal Opera Chorus Chorus Master:William Spaulding Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Conductor:Emmanuel Villaume Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director:Richard Jones Set Designer:Stewart Laing Lighting Designer:Mimi Jordan Sherin Movement Director:Sarah Fahie Directed for the Screen by Jonathan Haswell
Extras:Why The Royal Opera love performingLa bohème; Antonio Pappano discusses the music ofLa bohème; Cast Gallery
Picture: 16:9 Region code: All Regions Format: Blu-ray Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO Sound: LPCM 2.0, DTS Digital Surround Duration:118 mins Year:2020
"Castronovo's voice is one I could listen to all evening for its clarity and easy flowing warmth: the duet 'O soave fanciulla' is right in the middle of his sweet spot." Bachtrack
"This was, in fact, her [Sonya Yoncheva's] finest assumption of a role so far at Covent Garden that I personally have experienced; she inhabited Mimì from the very first phrase, the character’s vulnerability immediately apparent." Seen and Heard International
"Emmanuel Villaume conducts with plenty of virile exuberance" The Daily Telegraph
"Exuberant and persuasive… performed with élan" The Guardian
"Covent Garden's Puccini revival is a snowy spectacle" The Times