They Call Me Mimí: La Bohéme at the SF Opera

Giocomo Puccini's La Bohéme at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House was a flamboyant production with love, jealousy, friendship, and death. Conducted by Giuseppe Finzi and directed by John Caird, this performance was conspicuous in all of its factors.

Alexey Markov, Marcello, persuaded the audience of his broken heart with his rich timbre of voice.

Michael Fabiano, Rodolfo, sprang up to the high notes with lots of energy, intriguing the audience with his lovely tone.

Christian Van Horn, Colline, is a familiar performer for me and I found his performance as memorable as all of the other ones I had attended to.

Hadleigh Adams, Schaunard, was an entertaining supporting character.

Dale Travis, Benoît and Alcindoro, despite the briefness of his roles made an engraving in the listener's brain.

Alexia Voulgaridou, Mimí, brought the audience to tears with her sweet voice, with which she manifested the character's hidden lust.

Nadine, Sierra, Musetta, kept the audience laughing with her character's frivolous behavior.

Overall, the impression the cast left was quite stunning. The only thing I was not happy with was that the characters of Marcello, Rodolfo, Colline, and Schaunard were too similar to each other. The same thing applied to Mimí and Musetta; the two women should be complete opposites of each other, but in this production the difference was not obvious enough. I suspect that this is due to the fact that this was the premiere, and the performers had not lived into their roles yet.

One thing I really enjoyed in addition to the singing were the set changes. They were very smooth and natural, especially in the second half.

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