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Bill White
Fanfare, March 2018

The best singer of the evening is not surprisingly Lungu, who has sung major roles previously at larger houses and sung them well. She does so again here, with a clean, bright lyric voice, an easy top range, and an ability to modulate even the highest notes down to nearly a whisper. …Conductor Gianandrea Noseda is increasingly being recognized for his excellence in the pit. Here, he has the Teatro Regio orchestra cranked up to top form… © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review

BBC Music Magazine, March 2018

PUCCINI, G.: Bohème (La) [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) (NTSC) 742608
PUCCINI, G.: Bohème (La) [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) 742704

The voices could be more beautiful but it’s hard to think of a modern-dress production of La bohème that more perfectly captures the rhythm of the city in Puccini’s youthful Parisian romance. © 2018 BBC Music Magazine

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, December 2017

…the soprano’s voice is in fine condition especially attractive, expressive and powerful with her big arias Sì, mi chiamano Mimì from act one and Donde lieta uscì from act three all suitably affecting. …[Giorgio Berrugi’s] singing is reasonably assured, and I enjoyed the poet’s celebrated act one aria Che gelida manina which generates a high level of emotion together with convincing high register.

Displaying appropriate flirtatiousness together with striking outfits, soprano Kelebogile Besong makes her presence felt as the singer Musetta vivaciously singing her act two aria Quando men voMusetta’s waltz’. The role of the struggling rather immature painter Marcello is taken by the tousle haired and heavily bearded baritone Massimo Cavalletti who one senses is comfortable in the role and sings competently. As the philosopher Colline with a ridiculous red wig, Gabriele Sagona reveals his richly sonorous if not especially flexible bass. Clutching his trusty light brown leather coat, he renders his final act ‘Coat aria’ Vecchia zimarra, senti with assurance. Acting believably baritone Benjamin Cho makes a breezy and kind natured musician Schaunard noticeable for his colourful attire and long thin sideboards. Certainly, Cho sings well enough to want to hear him in a larger role. Renowned in this repertoire conductor Gianandrea Noseda, in his usual spirited form, draws vibrant and consistent playing from his Teatro Regio orchestra. Impressive too are the choruses who have been clearly well prepared by chorus master Claudio Fenoglio. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Hugo Shirley
Gramophone, December 2017

PUCCINI, G.: Bohème (La) [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) (NTSC) 742608
PUCCINI, G.: Bohème (La) [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) 742704

…[disc] features an eminently likeable cast. Neither Irina Lungu’s Mimì nor Giorgio Berrugi’s Rodolfo is vocally ideal…but they make a plausible, sympathetic couple. Massimo Cavalletti is a sincere, touching Marcello, and Kelebogile Besong a deliciously over-the-top Musetta, as the staging demands. Benjamin Cho’s Schaunard and Gabriele Sagona as Colline complete the Bohemian quartet well, and the children’s chorus, in particular, is full of life.

The orchestral playing, favoured by the sound balance, is of very high quality. All told, this is a touching and recommendable modern-dress Bohème. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

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