DVD0016. LA BOHÈME, filmed 2009, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, w. Andris Nelsons Cond. Royal Opera Ensemble; Teodor Ilincai, Hibla Gerzmava, Gabriele Viviani, Inna Dukach, Kostas Smoriginas, Jacques Imbrailo, Jeremy White, Donald Maxwell, etc. Director: John Copley; Subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian. Opus Arte 1027D. Final Sealed Copy! - 809478010272
“John Copley’s enduring production of one of the most famously melodious and popular of all operas is a classic of the Royal Opera repertory. With historically accurate designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman and an excellent cast headed by Hibla Gerzmava and Teodor Ilincai, this 2009 revival, in which conductor Andris Nelsons makes a distinguished Royal Opera House debut, does full justice to Puccini’s masterpiece.
The performances here are first-rate. Romanian tenor Teodor Ilincai’s voice, possessing a brilliant timbre, soars with Italian lyricism; Russian soprano Hibla Gerzmava is a vocally winning Mimì, singing with a lush warm tone; soprano Inna Dukach (Musetta) delivers a passionate ‘Quando me’n vo’, and Gabriele Viviani is an engaging Marcello.
It is a refreshingly traditional production, which holds its own amidst a sea of re-imaginings and explodes with boisterous, youthful energy under Nelsons’s leadership hitting all the emotional high points.
In every sense, this BOHÈME glows. John Copley’s legendary staging with sets by Julia Trevelyan Oman, first seen in 1972, is renowned for its authenticity and detail, both architectural and human. Full of telling little touches – the artist Marcello’s Act II girlfriend is his Act IV model – they bring 19th-century Paris’ bustle alive as effectively as any BBC classic...This latest incarnation…offers a vibrant new ensemble, improbably youthful and good-looking...On Blu-Ray it’s breathtaking.”
- BBC Music Magazine