LaBoheme HD Live

By tomhcon
Written April 06, 2014
I found it excellent, I cried, laughed and thrilled to the music. I look forward to more Met Live HD productions. Only one negative comment, while engrossed in Act 4, the death scene, the magic was rudely broken and disruptive with the sound and smell of fried chicken being consumed by patrons in front of us. I will watch where I sit next time. Tom C
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La Boheme at The Met

By suesing1
Written April 06, 2014
The performance was stunning! I enjoy feeling like I'm part of the cast with the close up clips. The singing and acting was superb. I've sung in the opera many times and have seen it performed in many opera houses, including live at The Met several times, and this cast was almost ideal. I was disappointed with the last-minute replacement of Mimi, looking forward to hearing Anita Hartig. However, the Latvian soprano, Kristine Opolais, who had just sung Madame Butterfly the night before at the Metropolitan Opera, made her house debut of the role Mimi, graciously stepping in for Anita Hartig. Considering her circumstance, she was wonderful! I highly recommend The Met's HD performances. I've attended many, and have never been disappointed.
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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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