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Donald Macleod looks at the variety of sources and experiences Puccini drew on to create one of his best loved operas, a sparkling evocation of bohemian life, set in nineteenth century Paris, "La Bohème".

1 hour

Music Played

  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Bohème (extract)

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

    • Decca:421 049-2.
    • 1.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme - opening bars

    Singer: Rolando Panerai. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • DECCA : 421-049 2.
    • DECCA.
    • 1.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme - opening bars

    Singer: Rolando Panerai. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • DECCA : 421-049 2.
    • DECCA.
    • 1.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Bohème, Act 1 excerpt

    Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Rodolfo) Performer: Rolando Panerai (Marcello) Performer: Nicolai Ghiaurov (Colline) Performer: Gianni Maffeo (Schaunard) Performer: Michel Senechal (Benoit) Performer: Berlin Philharmoni Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

    • Decca:421 049-2.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme - Extract

    Singer: Gianni Maffeo. Singer: Michel Sénéchal. Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Singer: Rolando Panerai. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Singer: Nicolaï Ghiaurov.
    • DECCA : 421-049 2.
    • DECCA.
    • 3.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme - Extract

    Singer: Gianni Maffeo. Singer: Michel Sénéchal. Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Singer: Rolando Panerai. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Singer: Nicolaï Ghiaurov.
    • DECCA : 421-049 2.
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    • 3.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Bohème, Act 1 excerpt

    Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Rodolfo) Performer; Mirella Freni (Mimi)

    • Decca:421 049-2.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme - Extract

    Singer: Mirella Freni. Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • DECCA : 421-049 2.
    • DECCA.
    • 9.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme - Extract

    Singer: Mirella Freni. Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • DECCA : 421-049 2.
    • DECCA.
    • 9.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Bohème, Musetta's Waltz, Act 2

    Performer: Elizabeth Harwood (Musetta) Performer: Rolando Panerai (Marcello) Performer: Mirella Freni (Mimi) Performer: Michel Senechal (Alcindoro) Performer: Nicolai Ghiaurov (Colline) Performer: Gianni Maffeo (Schaunard) Performer: Schoneberger Sangerknaben Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

    • DECCA: 421049-2.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme - ct 2; Quando m'en vo (Musetta's waltz-song)

    Singer: Gianni Maffeo. Singer: Mirella Freni. Singer: Michel Sénéchal. Singer: Rolando Panerai. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Choir: German Opera Berlin Chorus. Singer: Elizabeth Harwood. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Singer: Nicolaï Ghiaurov.
    • DECCA : 421-049 2.
    • DECCA.
    • 9.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme - ct 2; Quando m'en vo (Musetta's waltz-song)

    Singer: Gianni Maffeo. Singer: Mirella Freni. Singer: Michel Sénéchal. Singer: Rolando Panerai. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Choir: German Opera Berlin Chorus. Singer: Elizabeth Harwood. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Singer: Nicolaï Ghiaurov.
    • DECCA : 421-049 2.
    • DECCA.
    • 9.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Bohème, Act 3 finale

    Performer: Jussi Bjorling (Rodolfo) Performer: Robert Merrill (Marcello) Performer: Victoria de los Angeles (Mimi) Performer: Lucine Amara (Musetta) Performer: RCA Victor Orchestra Conductor: Thomas Beecham

    • EMI: CDC 747235/6 2.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme - Extract

    Singer: Victoria de los Ángeles. Singer: Jussi Björling. Orchestra: RCA VICTOR S O. Singer: Robert Merrill. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI : CDC-7472352.
    • EMI.
    • 6.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme - Extract

    Singer: Victoria de los Ángeles. Singer: Jussi Björling. Orchestra: RCA VICTOR S O. Singer: Robert Merrill. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI : CDC-7472352.
    • EMI.
    • 6.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Bohème, Act IV, Mimì's death

    Performer: Leontina Vaduva (Mimi) Performer: Roberto Alagna (Rodolfo) Performer: Simon Keenlyside (Schaunard) Performer: Ruth Ann Swenson (Musetta) Performer: Thomas Hampson (Marcello) Performer: Samuel Ramey (Colline) Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Antonio Pappano

    • EMI:CDC 556122 2.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme - Mimi’s death scene

    Performer: Sir Antonio Pappano. Singer: Simon Keenlyside. Singer: Thomas Hampson. Singer: Leontina Vaduva. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Singer: Samuel Ramey. Singer: Ruth Ann Swenson. Singer: Roberto Alagna.
    • EMI:CDC 556122 2.
    • EMI.
    • 12.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme - Mimi’s death scene

    Performer: Sir Antonio Pappano. Singer: Simon Keenlyside. Singer: Thomas Hampson. Singer: Leontina Vaduva. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Singer: Samuel Ramey. Singer: Ruth Ann Swenson. Singer: Roberto Alagna.
    • EMI:CDC 556122 2.
    • EMI.
    • 12.

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