PUCCINI: La Bohème
The complete opera plus bonus introduction CD
This set combines an acclaimed complete recording of Puccini's La Bohème, starring Luba Orgonášová and Jonathan Welch, with a fascinating companion CD from the Opera Explained series on Naxos Educational. The Opera Explained CD introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of La Bohème using the principal themes and arias taken from the complete work. Whether listening to the opera for the first time or discovering more about the history and structure of this masterly work, this is an innovative and easy way to deepen an appreciation of Puccini's genius.
Alongside Carmen and Aida, La Bohème is one of the three most popular operas ever written. Set in Paris in the middle of the nineteenth century, the opera centres on the tragic love of the poet Rodolfo and the seamstress Mimi, both living in poverty. Separated through Rodolfo's jealousy, they are together only when Mimi is on her death-bed. The heart-rending story of the lovers, told in music of such tender beauty, is universally appealing.