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|Puccini - La Boheme / Pavarotti D'Amico Servile Renee Mattsey D'Artegna Magiera Beijing Opera|
Actors: Luciano Pavarotti, Fiamma Izzo D'Amico, Roberto Servile, Madelyn Renee, Jeffrey Mattsey
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts
Luciano Pavarotti stars in this magnificent production of La Boheme, performed by the Genoa Opera Company during their historic tour of the People?s Republic of China. This unique cultural mission to mainland China receiv... more »
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P. Sutherland | Berea, Ohio, USA | 01/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Luciano Pavarotti owns the role of Rodolfo and here in this 1986 production filmed live in China, he proves it again! But, the rest of the cast was a pleasant surprise. Fiamma Izzo D'Amico was a wonderful Mimi in beautiful voice. A very pretty Madelyn Renee was Musetta, also in excellent voice. And that goes for Roberto Servile as Marcello; Jeffrey Mattsey as Schaunard; and, Francesco Ellero D'Artegna as Colline.
The acting was first rate, too. This production will not disappoint!
Other points of interest regarding this DVD: Pavarotti's father, Fernando, appears in this production as the non-speaking toy peddler in the street scene. According to Herbert Breslin (Pavarotti's manager for 36 years) in his book, The King and I, Madelyn Renee was Luciano's one and only voice student and his first "secretary." The trip to China is described in the book, which I also recommend.
Brilliant Road Show!
Wayne Kuhaupt | 10/16/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although this production was staged in Beijing by a relatively small opera company, it was full of life and brilliance at times. Pavarotti, here much older than a young struggling artist, still manages to act rather convincingly. His singing is superb. Mimi also possessed an excellent voice. All principals were excellent voices,and all could act well. The sets looked a bit haphazard, but this was a road show, in Beijing, and I was not really distracted by the lack of first-rate sets.
The duet at the end of Act 1, was electric--and the Beijing audience was tumultuous in their deserving applause. Overall, a very satisfying production, with the added electricity that comes with introducing western opera to a culture that has rarely had the opportunity to share in this most global of art forms."
Therese M. Bednarowski | 08/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is Pavarotti in one of his most celebrated roles. You cannot improve on the voice and technique of the greatest tenor of the century. Noone holds a candle to him. He is a joy to listen to and observe. His voice and his smile warm your heart. What a talent we lost. Thank goodness for DVD's such as these.
His supporting cast in this La Boheme in China is also excellent. I have several La Boheme's...with Freni, with Scotto, and this ranks right along with the initial Live from the Met in 1977. Buy it and enjoy it......."
dee1153 | Shreveport, LA USA | 06/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I know I'm going to get some flack here, but hands-down, this is the best Boheme there is. Pavarotti is absolutely on fire. He's older yes, but his singing is impeccable. Best "Che Gelida Manina" I've ever heard - and I've got every one he ever released. D'Amico is also my favorite Mimi. She looks the part and has the most wonderful voice, emits Mimi's sadness and suffering to perfection. The rest of the cast is marvellous as well. The rapport between them is incredible. You feel like you're actually there.
The set is a bit sparse, but you won't even notice it. The singing and acting just sweeps you away. Who said Pav couldn't act? He is magnificent here... just oozing emotion. I've watched it a dozen times, and never a dry eye at the end. If you don't own this one, you're missing out on the best Rodolfo and Mimi, period. No question."