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An extraordinary "readiness" to sing the role of Mimi, an ordinary seamstress

By starlove
Written April 06, 2014
Kristine Opolais,, reported the Sunday, April 6, New York Times (Section 1, p. 23), was awakened by a 7:30 a.m. Saturday telephone call from Peter Gelb, the Met's general manager, asking her to sing that very afternoon the role of Mimi in Puccini's great opera La boheme, taking the place of Anita Hartig, who had become suddenly ill. Opolais' performance, brilliant in itself, was indeed a metaphor of the very opera itself. An heroic moment in the history of opera, what Opolais did was a re-enactment of the extraordinary action of Mimi herself. The conventional interpretations of this opera dwell on the "ordinariness" of Mimi. That is a gross misinterpretation of Puccini's masterpiece. There may be no "plot" as such. And the setting in an attic in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 19th century may seem low key. But those signals are precisely the point. We have in the "ordinary" an "extraordinary" outcome. That, in my judgment, is Puccini's point.
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Live Opera - Up Close and Personal!

By SisT
Written April 06, 2014
What a way to see an opera! Not a bad seat in the house and beats flying to N.Y., paying exorbitant prices for tickets and hotel and food!! We have been going to these satellite transmissions of performances LIVE from the Metropolitan Opera almost since they started in 2007 and have hardly missed any. There is no other way we could experience these exceptional performing arts events. This production had a big surprise: the star (Mimi) was unable to perform due to having the flu so another star who had just sung "Madam Butterfly" the night before was awakened at 7:30am Saturday and asked to fill in the role! She did just that and did it beautifully - on just 3 hours sleep!! Be sure to see the Encore showing.
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La Boehme

By WinstonMcDonald
Written April 07, 2014
Transmission was too dark and not as sharp as other theaters. I froze through the first act until I had a chance to tell the staff. Of course, the Met was wonderful otherwise.
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Met performances are always top notch

By andbarb
Written April 06, 2014
Even though a last-minute substitution for Mimi had to be made, the opera was engaging and lovely. The opera standards are always enjoyable and it's great to get behind-the-scenes interviews with the main performers. I even enjoyed seeing how the sets are put in place, although it does take a bit of the mystery out of seeing it as the curtain opens.
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La Boheme

By gglassman
Written April 06, 2014
This is the most beautiful written opera and Puccini's best. What made this production so special was the lead (Mimi) was performed by a soprano colutura who had performed the night before in Madame Butterfly. She was called at 7:30AM the following morning (only 2 1/2 hours sleep) and asked to substitute for the lead who had developed the flu. Never in the Met has this ever happened! You would never have known if they didn't tell us. THIS ENTIRE PRODUCTION WAS SUPURB!
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