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La Bohème

Thomson Smillie

La Bohème is one of the three operas – the others are Carmen and Aida – believed to be the most popular ever written. In the case of La Bohème the reason is that it virtually defines the term ‘romantic’. The poignant story of Mimì and Rodolfo is told in music of such tender beauty, allied, as always, to Puccini’s intuition of what works in the theatre, resulting in an opera that readily appeals to our emotions and senses. ‘Che gelida manina – Your tiny hand is frozen...’ The moment when Mimì and Rodolfo meet and first touch is one of the very great moments of opera – created by the master hand of Giacomo Puccini, who unerringly trod the fine line between romance and sentimentality. Thomson Smillie outlines the background to the opera, explaining how painstakingly the composer worked to achieve this effect. An absorbing introduction both for those approaching La Bohème for the first time and for those wanting to know a bit more than just the big arias.

La Bohème is one of the three operas – the others are Carmen and Aida – believed to be the most popular ever written. In the case of La Bohème the reason is that it virtually defines the term ‘romantic’. The poignant story of Mimì and Rodolfo is told in music of such tender beauty, allied, as always, to Puccini’s intuition of what works in the theatre, resulting in an opera that readily appeals to our emotions and senses. ‘Che gelida manina – Your tiny hand is frozen...’ The moment when Mimì and Rodolfo meet and first touch is one of the very great moments of opera – created by the master hand of Giacomo Puccini, who unerringly trod the fine line between romance and sentimentality. Thomson Smillie outlines the background to the opera, explaining how painstakingly the composer worked to achieve this effect. An absorbing introduction both for those approaching La Bohème for the first time and for those wanting to know a bit more than just the big arias.
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Genres:

Music

Description:

La Bohème is one of the three operas – the others are Carmen and Aida – believed to be the most popular ever written. In the case of La Bohème the reason is that it virtually defines the term ‘romantic’. The poignant story of Mimì and Rodolfo is told in music of such tender beauty, allied, as always, to Puccini’s intuition of what works in the theatre, resulting in an opera that readily appeals to our emotions and senses. ‘Che gelida manina – Your tiny hand is frozen...’ The moment when Mimì and Rodolfo meet and first touch is one of the very great moments of opera – created by the master hand of Giacomo Puccini, who unerringly trod the fine line between romance and sentimentality. Thomson Smillie outlines the background to the opera, explaining how painstakingly the composer worked to achieve this effect. An absorbing introduction both for those approaching La Bohème for the first time and for those wanting to know a bit more than just the big arias.

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Timson

Length:

1h


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:58


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

00:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:58