Bohème (Car)


Puccini La Bohème opera to libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica. Directed 2017 by Richard Jones at the Royal Opera House. Stars Nicole Car (Mimì), Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo), Simona Mihai (Musetta), Mariusz Kwiecień (Marcello), Luca Tittoto (Colline), and Florian Sempey (Schaunard). Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (Concert Master Vasko Vassilev) and Royal Opera Chorus (Chorus Master William Spaulding). Associate direction by Elaine Kidd; designs by Stewart Laing; lighting design by Mimi Jordan Sherin; movement direction by Sarah Fahie. Directed for TV by Rhodri Huw. Released 2018, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Mark Pullinger, writing in the November 2018 Gramophone (page 99) praises Pappano but laments that the “vocal performances don’t really make this a Bohème to stand out from the crowd.” Here are a couple of official clips from the Royal Opera House: