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La Boheme

By brenbyr
Written April 06, 2014
Marvelous HD simulcast of this opera. I had forgotten how beautiful Puccini's music is throughout. The part of Mimi, sung by the soprano who at just a few hours' notice had stepped into the part, was beautifully rendered, with the audience obviously in full support.
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wonderful experience!

By sassyxu
Written April 06, 2014
This HD presentation of the Met was a great event. History was made as the title role of Mimi was substituted due to the original soprano's illness. The artist who replaced the original soprano had just finished performing in Madame Butterfly the night before and she had a marvelous performance.
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La Boheme HD production of Metropolitan Opera, New York

By pattydukedn
Written April 06, 2014
I have been an opera fan for years, and I believe that these Met productions that broadcast performances live around the world are brilliant. During intermissions between acts, we theater viewers got to watch lively, informative interviews and watch the backstage crews preparing each set for the different acts, while the live audience in New York sees only a beautiful curtain! As for performances, every single singer performed brilliantly! Special praise goes to Kristine Opalais, who stepped in with only a few hour's notice to portray Mimi flawlessly, after having performed Butterfly the previous night! She stepped in for the lead soprano who had the flu, and performed beautifully and powerfully -- as if the role had been her own for months.
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La Bohe'me

By dekinekind
Written April 06, 2014
The opera itself was well presented, the singers superb. Also the behind the scenes prop changes were amazing. However, the sound was quite inadequate for this marvelous production. Apparently the Metropolitan Opera does not have access to the theater's sophisticated sound system and it almost felt like there were only speakers just in front the screen itself. The volume was too low at the beginning and we missed the full emotional experience of the most important aria of the opera. I had to leave and request management turn up the volume which they were more than happy to do. However, in the future, I would request that they do a sound test before presenting this experience to the public so we receive the richness that was intended in this production. One more suggestion would be that the sound technician balance the volume of the interviewer to the sound of the production. It was much to loud in comparison. Thanks
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Another wonderful La Boheme!

By MmeB1
Written April 06, 2014
I loved the Live from Lincoln Center performance of "La Boheme" yesterday (4/5). Vittorio Grigolo was wonderful in the part of Rodolpho. I have been trying to find a tenor to replace Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras. Grigolo has a lovely tenor voice and wonderful stage presence. Musetta was terrific. And what a "tour de force" for the soprano who replaced the ailing Mimi after two hours of sleep and having sung Madama Butterfly the night before. And the Zeffarelli sets are still magnificent. What a wonderful performance!
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