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Andris Nelsons conducts Puccini's La bohème


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Semi-staged performance sung in Italian with English supertitles

The Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Concert


Andris Nelsons, the BSO, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus-under the direction of Tanglewood Festival Chorus Conductor James Burton -continue their series of opera performances with a concert-staged performance of Puccini's La bohème, directed by Daniel Rigazzi and featuring soprano Kristine Opolais as Mimì, tenor Jonathan Tetelman  as Rodolfo, soprano Susanna Phillips as Musetta, baritone Franco Vassallo as Marcello, baritone Davide Luciano as Schaunard, and bass- baritone Luca Pisaroni as Colline. Perhaps the world's most popular opera, La bohème is an immortal story of love and loss set amidst the charming poverty of bohemian Paris. Though Bernstein never performed the work with the BSO, it was one of his favorite operas and one of the few he recorded.


American tenor  Jonathan Tetelman will perform the role of Rodolfo in the Boston Symphony Orchestra's upcoming Tanglewood performance of  La bohème, under the direction of BSO Music Director  Andris Nelsons, Saturday, July 14, at 8 p.m. Mr. Tetelman-who makes his BSO and Tanglewood debuts with this performance-replaces  Piotr Beczała, who was released from his contract by the BSO so that he could sing the title role in Wagner's  Lohengrin for the upcoming series of performances of the work at Bayreuth in Germany. 

In addition, due to a visa-related problem, baritone  Davide Luciano has been forced to withdraw from the role of Schaunard in  La bohème. The role of Schaunard will now be performed by  Elliot Madore.

Featured Performers & Ensembles

Andris   Nelsons, conductor Andris Nelsons, conductor Kristine    Opolais, soprano (Mimì) Kristine Opolais, soprano (Mimì)
Jonathan   Tetelman, tenor (Rodolfo) Jonathan Tetelman, tenor (Rodolfo) Susanna   Phillips, soprano (Musetta) Susanna Phillips, soprano (Musetta)
Franco   Vassallo, baritone (Marcello) Franco Vassallo, baritone (Marcello)  Elliot   Madore, baritone (Schaunard) Elliot Madore, baritone (Schaunard)
Luca   Pisaroni, bass-baritone (Colline) Luca Pisaroni, bass-baritone (Colline) Paul   Plishka, bass (Benoît/Alcindoro) Paul Plishka, bass (Benoît/Alcindoro)
Neal   Ferreira, tenor (Parpignol) Neal Ferreira, tenor (Parpignol) David   Cushing, bass (Customs Sergeant) David Cushing, bass (Customs Sergeant)
Daniel   Rigazzi, Stage Director Daniel Rigazzi, Stage Director
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
James Burton
Children's Chorus
Program Notes Audio
PUCCINI - La bohème (115 min plus one 20-min intermission after Act II)

Semi-staged performance sung in Italian with English supertitles
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