Metropolitan Opera is famously known as ‘the Met’. With roots in New York City, this opera company is located at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and is resident at the Metropolitan Opera House. Formed in late nineteenth century, the company is managed by general manager Peter Gelb. The operations are skillfully run by the non-profit Metropolitan Opera Association. Music director James Levine is responsible for the remarkable musical compositions.
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Metropolitan Opera La Boheme
Presenting the audience with about twenty seven distinct operas every year, Metropolitan Opera is categorized as the largest classical music company in North America. The performances follow a rotating repertory schedule in such a way that four different works are aligned each week. The scheduled performances go up to seven weeks to meet the targeted number of opera performances for the year and are held from Monday till Saturday. The matinee performance is staged on Saturdays. Each season brings in new productions of numerous operas to intrigue the audience. At times, these performances are either borrowed from other opera houses or shared with them. Interested people can be a part of these incredible performances simply by getting Metropolitan Opera La boheme tickets.
One of the most remarkable presentations of Metropolitan Opera is La bohème; an opera spread over four acts. The opera is based on the work of Henri Murger on ‘Scènes de la vie de bohème’. The meaningful Italian libretto is done by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica whereas the beautiful compositions are done by Giacomo Puccini. Young Arturo Toscanini conducted the world premiere performance of La bohème in 1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turin. Since the magnificent debut, La bohème has been successfully performing in operas all around the globe, on a regular basis. With consistently growing performances, La bohème is now a significant part of the standard Italian opera repertory. Fifty years down the road, in 1946, Toscanini conducted a performance of the opera with NBC Symphony Orchestra on radio.
The plot of La bohème is not integrated. The story has been drawn from the vignettes illustrating juvenile bohemians from the era of 1840s, living in Paris. Most of the libretto is original. The librettists' invented the main plots of act two and three, drawing some references from the characters and situations depicted in Murger. Majority of the pieces brought together from various chapter of the novel are described in act one and four. The scenes portraying Rodolfo and Mimì are similar to the play as well as the novel. The part where they met is closely referred to in chapter eighteen from the novel.
Featuring numerous distinguished recordings, the discography of La bohème is long. It included the Decca recording conducted by Herbert von Karajan with Luciano Pavarotti in 1972 as Rodolfo whereas Mimi was performed by Mirella Freni. The 1973 RCA was conducted by Plácido Domingo as Rodolfo, Montserrat Caballé as Mimì and Sir Georg Solti as Victor. The performance earned them the Grammy Award in the category of ‘Best Opera Recording’ in 1974. The full-length recording was released on the Italian label ‘La Voce del Padrone’ in 1917. With Remo Andreini as Rodolfo and Gemma Bosini as Mimì, Carlo Sabajno also performed in the La Scala Orchestra and Chorus of the opera. The recording has been done in several other languages but mostly they are in Italian. The French recording was done in 1960 by Erasmo Ghiglia featuring Alain Vanzo as Rodolfo and Renée Doria as Mimì. The German recording included Richard Kraus conducting the Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra and Chorus in 1956 featuring Fritz Wunderlich as Rodolfo and Trude Eipperle as Mimì. The list of recordings in different languages goes on and on. No matter what the language, the performances have been applauded by all.
Eric C. Simpson describes the performance of Rodalfo in his review in New York Classical. The hapless poet presented by Joseph Calleja delivered a fine performance. With stunning focus and grip on his tone, he amazingly performed in his blessed tenor voice. In order to experience such outstanding performance with highly talented characters, all anyone has to do is get Metropolitan Opera La boheme tickets. Multiple performances have been scheduled at the Lincoln Center. Do visit the venue with your friends and family to enjoy the performance to the fullest.