One of the drawbacks of my trip to Siena this year is that I cannot also make my annual pilgrimage to Santa Fe Opera (see 2006 and 2005). Ever willing to sacrifice for Ionarts, Michael Lodico will be reporting from New Mexico this year. -- CTD
Dimitri Pittas (Rodolfo) and Serena Farnocchia (Mimi), La Bohème, Santa Fe Opera, photo by Ken Howard © 2007
The amount of musical care found in this production was indeed world-class. Conductor Corrado Rovaris focused attention on the singers instead of himself by allowing them to lead the phrasing. The orchestra’s lush strings always reached for the high notes of phrases, while the winds were often delightfully witty and always precise. Tender orchestral moments from Puccini’s score reminded one of the sweet affect Mahler creates in the Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, a work written less than a decade after La Bohème.
Been There, Done That (Out West Arts, August 8)
Ho Tanto Freddo: La Boheme In The Blue Light of a New Mexico Night (Opera Chic, July 22)
Kyle MacMillan, Opera warhorses get fresh stagings (Denver Post, July 6)
John Stege, Get Così with La Bohème (Santa Fe Reporter, July 4)
Roger Snodgrass, Boheme is lovely and bittersweet (Santa Fe Monitor, July 4)
This production of La Bohème repeats on August 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, and 25.