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Viva HD!

By RutieEck
Written April 06, 2014
Spoiler alert: she dies in the end. but between her frozen little hands is magic, and between the frozen hands and her actual death there is love in the air, beautiful music, hope and reminders to all of us how wonderful we were - and can be. Mimi who stepped in at last minute, Kristine Opolais was tremendous. KUDOS for all the effort and her emotional rendition. One little problem. Those young lovers have no problem seeing what there is and what there is not, but for most of the audience, who can only reminisce about these wonderful times, the wonderful Zephireli production is so dark it is hard to see the wonderful details that were revealed in full light during the stage changes. Can you PLEASE lighten up the stage?
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Excellent presentation of the Opera

By baggum
Written April 12, 2014
You can't beat the Met when it comes to staging opera. Their La Boheme was wonderful for the performers, the staging, the orchestra. Loved seeing the set changes between acts. Enjoyed learning inside information about the production, the principals, etc. I felt that the conductor was perhaps given shortshrift when it came to bows, etc. The orchestra also wasn't acknowledged as much as it should be. Of course, Mme, Opolais' record setting back-to-back performances in Madama Butterfly and La Boheme was a tour-de-force in the mastery of two Puccini operas and an unsurpassed feat of stamina.
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Tears and overwhelming performance

By icanstart
Written April 13, 2014
This was my first experience of the MET Live ever. Seeing La Boheme gave me a rush of emotions --- cried twice --- first time where the two main characters were singing together in a warm embrace just before the end of the scene where they met for the first time. Wow! Laughter happened for me during intermission when the two main actors were being interviewed -- some off the cuff remark brought the human side out behind the scenes. Lovely "behind the scenes" advantage to really get a look at the type of work that goes into this performance as the scenery changes was another benefit. The lady who was standing in for someone who was out sick --- gave her "all" and then some. Marvelous effort! Unbelievable "show must go on" attitude and her humility was refreshing to see in the behind the scenes interviews. She was actually playing in Madame Butterfly the night before and is now the first actress to ever play out two dying acts within a 24 hour period on the Metropolitan stage!
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Great Performance

By sthopkins
Written April 06, 2014
This was a wonderful production of La Boheme. Particularily by Vittorio Grigolo as Rodolfo. Moving and engaging. The sets were beautiful and wonderfully designed. Seeing the backstage during intermission was fascinating. I would not recommend this for young kids, but definitely for teenagers and up.
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La Boheme

By hollypvb
Written April 06, 2014
It was our first experience seeing an opera on the big screen. We LOVED IT! Sound, close up viewing & being in the 'behind the scenes' action during the 2 intermissions were all very special and enjoyable. Will go again for sure!
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