For the holiday season, I’ll be publishing a popular Opera Daily throwback and a reader favorite today. See you next week for something special. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Hi friends, It may have a sad ending, but La Bohème’s first two acts set on Christmas Eve felt like the perfect choice for this week.
Thank you for a fresh take on a golden chestnut.
That Pavarotti/Freni recording from early in their careers is IMO the best Boheme (I know, I know - many prefer the Bjoerling/de los Angeles - but I prefer Pavarotti's exuberance to Bjoerling's restraint). Their chemistry, having known each other for so long, is terrific. And always -- always -- I get chill bumps at "Couragio -- Mimi! Mimi! Mimi!" in the last act. Puccini remains in the repertoire when so many of his peers languish because he could do this to listeners.
Wonderful choice, really enjoyed hearing and watching Pavarotti
Wonderful write up. Thank you