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Bill White
Fanfare, July 2012

PUCCINI, G.: Boheme (La) (Opera Australia, 2011) OPOZ56019CD
PUCCINI, G.: Boheme (La) (Opera Australia, 2011) (NTSC) OPOZ56017DVD
PUCCINI, G.: Boheme (La) (Opera Australia, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) OPOZ56018BD

This Opera Australia production of Giacomo Puccini’s timeless La Bohème is a very good one visually, very entertaining to watch.

The energetic young cast sings very well, looks the right age, and gives an emotionally charged performance here. Young Korean tenor Ji-Min Park takes on the role of Rodolfo with charming freshness and some fine singing. American soprano Takesha Meshé Kizart, grandniece of Tina Turner and Muddy Waters…plays a very fetching and vulnerable Mimi, and is vocally secure singing Puccini’s well-loved music and emotionally compelling in the final act. The other boisterous bohemians, the Marcello of José Carbó, the Colline of David Parkin, and the Schaunard of Shane Lowrencev, all sing well and keep things lively in the first two acts. Fiebig handles her big act II showpiece with sultry vamping and a fine voice.

Recommended, then, in its video guise as a very entertaining and visually attractive production with pretty good singing. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review

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