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A performance of Puccini's opera La boheme, with Stephen Costello and Krassimira Stoyanova. Plus the BBC NOW, Jack Liebeck (violin) in music by Chausson and Saint Saens.

Today's Opera Matinee is Puccini's La Boheme. It tells the story of a group of struggling bohemians in Paris in the 1830s, focusing on the love between poet Rodolfo (Stephen Costello) and seamstress Mimi (Krassimira Stoyanova). Franz Welser-Most conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna Staasoper in this performance from June 2010.

After our opera, lunchtime soloist Jack Liebeck plays with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, in music from their most recent tour around Wales, a couple of months back. Chausson's Poème was recorded on the North Wales coast in Llandudno, a rapturous work which luxuriates in a Wagnerian sound world.

Presented by Katie Derham.

2 hours, 30 minutes

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  • Opera Matinee

    • Giacomo Puccini

      La Boheme

      Performer: Stephen Costello, tenor - Rodolfo, a poet. Performer: Krassimira Stoyanova, soprano - Mimi, a seamstress. Performer: Boaz Daniel, baritone - Marcello, a painter. Performer: Adam Plachetka, baritone - Schaunard, a musician. Performer: Sorin Coliban, bass - Colline, a philosopher. Performer: Alexandra Reinprecht, soprano - Musetta, a singer. Performer: Alfred Sramek, bass - Benoît, their landlord / Alcindoro, a state councillor. Performer: Dritan Luca - Parpignol. Performer: Oleg Savran - Sergeant. Performer: Johannes Gisser - Customs officer. Performer: Oleg Zalytskiy - A Fruit vendor. Performer: Vienna State Opera Chorus. Performer: Vienna State Opera Children's Chorus. Orchestra: Vienna State Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Franz Welser-Most.

  • Ernest Chausson

    Poeme

    Performer: Jack Liebeck. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Christophe Mangou.

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Introduction and rondo capriccioso

    Performer: Jack Liebeck. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Christophe Mangou.

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