Approximate running time 2 hrs. 55 min.
Franco Zeffirelli’s classic take on Puccini’s most popular opera, the immortal tale of tragic young love, is set among the rooftops of bohemian Paris. The role of the fragile Mimì is shared by Sonya Yoncheva, Angela Gheorghiu, and Kristine Opolais, with Francesco Demuro, Michael Fabiano, and Jean-François Borras as the love-sick poet Rodolfo. Riccardo Frizza conducts.
Sonya Yoncheva as Mimì "is the real deal... Her first-act aria built to a gently riveting reverie, and she grew in tragic stature as the opera went on... Subtle, thoughtful and heart-rending, [her Act III "Addio"] seemed like the work of a veteran artist. But astonishingly, this was Ms. Yoncheva's first staged performance of the role. Her delicate, dreamy, detailed Mimì has arrived more or less fully formed..." (New York Times)
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