Yes! It is a brilliant work and does contain some of Puccini's most memorable melodies. So if you have to have a Puccini La Bohemè in your collection, then, this is the one. It has THE best casts on record , You have Scotto at her riveting best as Mimi & the wonderful Carol Neblett as Musetta, the best in these rolls.Then there are the men: Alfredo Kraus as Rodolfo, Sherrill Milnes as Marcello, Paul Plishka as Colline & Matteo Manuguerra as Schaunard. What more can you ask for, eat your heart out.-Amazon-
Oscar-nominated director Robert Dornhelm lends the story a darker glow, with Bertrand de Billy's soft-centred but warm conducting and two superb star performances. Villazón as Rodolfo, less… sings with a focused intensity which at time recalls Caruso, and makes a scruffily credible hero… Netrebko's creamy-voiced Mimì is no naïve little seamstress; her scarlet satin and glamour-girl make-up suggests she's been around… but her anguish in Act III is no less heartfelt. Dornhelm's sombrely sumptuous images capture a credibly chilly, squalid, yet defiantly romantic milieu.
"This Bohème is a glorious vindication of traditional staging at its imaginative, re-creative best. Giancarlo Del Monaco here turns his attention to the much more popular work and comes up with a humdinger of a production, beautifully set by Michael Scott in period, fast-moving and full of pertinent detail." (Gramophone)