Puccini: La boheme DVD (The Royal Opera) 2020


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  • 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.

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    Rodolfo: Charles Castronovo
    Mimì: Sonya Yoncheva
    Marcello: Andrzej Filonczyk
    Musetta: Simona Mihai
    Schaunard: Gyula Nagy
    Colline: Peter Kellner
    Benoît: Jeremy White
    Alcindoro: Eddie Wade
    Parpignol: Andrew Macnair

    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 performing La bohème; Antonio Pappano discusses the music of La bohème; Cast Gallery 

    Picture: 16:9
    Region code: All Regions
    Format: NTSC
    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