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At The Opera, Puccini: La Boheme (1972), June 22, 2019


La bohème is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. The world premiere of La bohème was in Turin on February 1, 1896 at the Teatro Regio, conducted by the 28-year-old Arturo Toscanini. Since then, La bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.

In 1946, fifty years after the opera's premiere, Toscanini conducted a commemorative performance of it on radio with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. A recording of the performance was later released by RCA Victor on vinyl record, tape and compact disc. It is the only recording ever made of a Puccini opera by its original conductor.


Mimi - Mirella Freni

Rodolfo – Luciano Pavarotti

Marcello – Rolando Panerai

Musetta – Elizabeth Harwood

Colline - Nicolai Ghiaurov

Schaunard – Gianni Maffeo

Berlin Philharmonic

Herbert von Karajan – conductor

DECCA - 1972


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
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8:17 p.m.
Puccini: La Boheme BUY Vienna; Herbert Von Karajan, conductor Freni/Pavarotti
10:00 p.m.
10:52 p.m.
various: Domingo at 26 years old at the New York City Opera 1967 Pagliacci and Il Tabaro BUY New York City Opera
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11:00 p.m.
11:23 p.m.
Verdi/Leoncavallo: Si Puo? Si Puo? (Tonio) Pagliacci Leoncavallo: Leoncavallo and other Verdi Arias BUY from Robert Merrill Arias ; composed by Verdi/Leoncavallo
11:43 p.m.
Wagner: Dolce E Calmo Tristan und Isolde BUY from Diva; composed by Wagner
11:50 p.m.
Ponchielli: Suicidio!In Questi Fieri Momenti BUY from Diva; composed by Ponchielli

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