Soloists/Royal Opera/Nelsons La Boheme:Royal Opera 2009
John Copley’s enduring production of one of the most famously melodious and popular of all operas is a classic of the Royal Opera repertory. With historically accurate designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman and an excellent cast headed by Hibla Gerzmava and Teodor Ilincai, this 2009 revival, in which conductor Andris Nelsons makes a distinguished Royal Opera House debut, does full justice to Puccini’s masterpiece. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.
Rodolfo: Teodor Ilincai Mimì: Hibla Gerzmava Marcello: Gabriele Viviani Musetta: Inna Dukach Colline: Kostas Smoriginas Schaunard: Jacques Imbrailo Benoit: Jeremy White Alcindoro: Donald Maxwell Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Andris Nelsons Director: John Copley Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, in December 2009 Extra features: Cast gallery Interview with Jonathan Copley Interview with Andris Nelsons
"[Ilincai] gave a thoroughly assured and engaging performance. ... Sumptuously sung, Gerzmava’s portrayal was sensitive and well-rounded – timid yet warm and attractive in her first scene with Rodolfo, intimate rather than melodramatic in her final death-bed moments." --Classical Source