La Boheme Critics Reviews
At Seattle Opera, A Must-See La Bohème
Seattle Opera's production is rich in fine acting and singing, perceptive directing and zestful orchestration. ... Little did I think that I would ever be calling a production of La Bohème one of the major triumphs in Speight Jenkins' three-decade tenure as General Director of Seattle Opera. But the production that opened on Saturday, directed by Tomer Zvulun and conducted by Carlo Montanaro with flair and perceptivity in equal measure, persuaded me that the work is not merely immensely popular but a much greater opera than I have previously thought. ... Zvulun's direction threw new light on the humanity of the [Bohemians.] What came over most strikingly in this staging was the genuinely warm friendship they shared. ... Musically, Montanaro's leadership blended the voices on stage with surgingly-sometimes even startingly-zestful work in the orchestra pit in a way that made Puccini's score more intoxicatingly beautiful than any performance I can remember. ... The visual aspect of the production was magical. And the qualities any Puccini opera needs to overwhelm its audience-great singing and acting-were in unstinting supply. ... I can confidently assure anyone planning to attend one of the remaining performances of this not-to-be-missed Bohème that [both] casts are equally thrilling.
-Bernard Jacobson, The Seattle Times
Seattle Opera's La Bohème Has It All
This unforced and guileless interpretation of one of opera's most beloved classics gave, for want of a better phrase, everything one could want from this opera. ... The sets were presented with such attention to detail, and the subtlety and thoughtfulness that went into lighting techniques were such that they almost seemed a character of their own. ... Every role was filled by someone with excellent acting and singing chops. ... Francesco Demuro's sheer, stunning [vocal] delivery was pure; powerful and riveting. This might have been the best Italian aria I have ever heard sung in live performance. It was exhilarating. By the time O suave fanciulla was finished, it was clear that Demuro has a voice that is reminiscent of the great Italian tenors of the 20th century. ... It was clear something special was happening. ... Director Tomer Zvulun's rendering of Puccini's poignant masterpiece, as well as the exquisite work done by Carlo Montanaro and the orchestra, are a reminder of how fresh and invigorating this work can still be.
-Lorin Wilkerson, Oregon Music News
Seattle Opera Puts On Lovely, Heartbreaking La Bohème
Italian tenor Francesco Demuro (Rodolfo) and the Cuban soprano Elizabeth Caballero (Mimì) sparkle in the lead roles. Their love fills the opera house from the moment they meet in the first act. Bohème easily is the most popular and frequently performed of all operas, with good reason. Its story of friendship, love and despair is simple and universal;...suited for new audiences. The second act brings late 19th-century Paris to life in a street scene that includes a juggler, a parade, and a terrific chorus. Act three's 25-minute showfall makes us wish, along with Mimì, that winter would never end. ... The cast, along with conductor Carlo Montanaro and stage director Tomer Zvulun, were received in one of the most rousing ovations I've seen.
-Jackson Holtz, The Everett Herald