La Boheme (Season Premiere) Live Broadcast from the Met: Tonight at 7:25pm

Joseph Calleja

Starring Joseph Calleja as the poet Rodolfo, (pictured above with Anna Netrebko)

and

Maija Kovalevska

Maija Kovalkevska as the living poetry that is Mimi (pictured above with Ramon Vargas)

In Franco Zeffirelli’s magnificent and historic production

Franco Zeffirelli

ConductorStefano Ranzani
MimìMaija Kovalevska
MusettaIrina Lungu
RodolfoJoseph Calleja
MarcelloAlexey Markov
SchaunardJoshua Hopkins
CollineChristian Van Horn
Benoit/AlcindoroDonald Maxwell

Production: Franco Zeffirelli
Set Designer: Franco Zeffirelli
Costume DesignerPeter J. Hall
Lighting DesignerGil Wechsler

No matter how many times you’ve seen or listened to La Bohème, Puccini’s masterpiece is a true “squarcio di vita” that we all need to revisit now and again.  It talks of the beauty of life, how to live it even in the face of adversity, and more importantly…how deeply love, true love, can touch the soul.  Every time I listen to Bohème, I find something new and wonderful about these characters.  If portrayed well, you want to be part of their little circle of  friends, and for those two hours linger in a world perhaps more simple, or perhaps more complex in feeling than the one we allow ourselves to live in today.  Life is Opera and Opera is Life…Bohème is one major reason this genre continues to thrive, everywhere and always.

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The Last Verista’s Pick of the Week on Met Opera Radio (Sirius/XM):

Monday, March 5, 2012

6:00am: Wagner: Das Rheingold
3/27/1993-Levine; Morris, Schwarz, Wlaschiha, Langridge, Gjevang, Hölle, Koptchak, Hong, Horton Murray, Held, Pampuch, Guyer, Bunnell, White

9:00am: This Month at The Met
Juan Diego Florez, Gerald Finley, Thomas Hampson, Donald Palumbo, Peter Gelb

12:00pm: Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani
3/20/1982-Levine; Scotto, Ochman, Elvira, Raimondi

3:00pm: Puccini: Tosca
1/6/1979-Conlon; Verrett, Pavarotti, MacNeil

7:30pm: Donizetti: L’Elisir d’amore (SEASON PREMIERE – LIVE FROM THE MET)
Renzetti; Flórez, Damrau, Corbelli, Kwiecien

12:00am: Verdi: Don Carlo
4/15/1961- Verchi; Corelli, Curtis-Verna, Sereni, Dalis, Hines, Uhde, Arroyo, Sgarro, Wall, Carelli, Nagy

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

6:00 AM ET 9:00 AM ET 12:00 PM ET 3:00 PM ET 7:00 PM ET

6:00am: Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann
2/27/1965-Varviso; Alexander, Scovotti, Cvejic, Amara, Dooley

9:00am: Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
12/15/1973-Maag; Moffo, Alva, Shane, Hines, Gramm, Di Franco

12:00pm: Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
3/3/2007-Luisi; Hampson, Gheorghiu, Giordani, Furlanetto

3:00pm: Handel: Samson
3/1/1986-Rudel; Vickers, Mitchell, Te Kanawa

7:30pm: Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (LIVE FROM THE MET) Petrenko; Abdrazakov, Borodina, Kotscherga, Didyk, Galouzine, Gagnidze

12:00 AM ET Beethoven: Fidelio
1/7/1984-Tennstedt; Marton, Vickers, Mazura, Plishka, Peters,Atherton


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

6:00am: Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
12/18/1999-Levine; Heppner, Eaglen, Ketelsen, Dalayman, Pape

9:00am: Massenet: Thaïs
1/28/1978-Pritchard; Sills, Gibbs, Milnes, Morris

12:00pm: This Month at The Met
Juan Diego Florez, Gerald Finley, Thomas Hampson, Donald Palumbo, Peter Gelb

3:00pm: Gounod: Faust
1/5/1991-Fulton; Leech, Soviero, Morris, Quilico, Quittmeyer

6:00pm: R. Strauss: Salome
2/12/1977-Leinsdorf; Rysanek, Ulfung, Varnay, Bailey, Riegel

9:00pm: Wagner: Das Rheingold
3/27/1993-Levine; Morris, Schwarz, Wlaschiha, Langridge, Gjevang, Hölle, Koptchak, Hong, Horton Murray, Held, Pampuch, Guyer, Bunnell, White


Thursday, March 7, 2012

6:00am: Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani
3/20/1982-Levine; Scotto, Ochman, Elvira, Raimondi

9:00am: Puccini: Tosca
1/6/1979-Conlon; Verrett, Pavarotti, MacNeil

12:00pm: Verdi: Don Carlo
4/15/1961- Verchi; Corelli, Curtis-Verna, Sereni, Dalis, Hines, Uhde, Arroyo, Sgarro, Wall, Carelli, Nagy

3:00pm: Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
12/15/1973-Maag; Moffo, Alva, Shane, Hines, Gramm, Di Franco

6:00pm: Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
3/3/2007-Luisi; Hampson, Gheorghiu, Giordani, Furlanetto

9:00pm: Handel: Samson
3/1/1986-Rudel; Vickers, Mitchell, Te Kanawa

12:00 AM ET Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann
2/27/1965-Varviso; Alexander, Scovotti, Cvejic, Amara, Dooley

As Salome

Friday, March 9, 2012

6:00am: R. Strauss: Salome
2/12/1977-Leinsdorf; Rysanek, Ulfung, Varnay, Bailey, Riegel

9:00am: Beethoven: Fidelio
1/7/1984-Tennstedt; Marton, Vickers, Mazura, Plishka, Peters, Atherton

12:00pm: Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
12/18/1999-Levine; Heppner, Eaglen, Ketelsen, Dalayman, Pape

6:00pm: This Month at The Met
Juan Diego Florez, Gerald Finley, Thomas Hampson, Donald Palumbo, Peter Gelb

9:00pm: Massenet: Thaïs
1/28/1978-Pritchard; Sills, Gibbs, Milnes, Morris

12:00am: Gounod: Faust
1/5/1991-Fulton; Leech, Soviero, Morris, Quilico, Quittmeyer

Saturday, March 10, 2012

6:00am: Verdi: Don Carlo
4/15/1961- Verchi; Corelli, Curtis-Verna, Sereni, Dalis, Hines, Uhde, Arroyo, Sgarro, Wall, Carelli, Nagy

9:00am: Handel: Samson
3/1/1986-Rudel; Vickers, Mitchell, Te Kanawa

12:00pm: Mozart: Don Giovanni (LIVE FROM THE MET)
Davis; Finley, Rebeka, Terfel, Dehn, Polenzani, Leonard, Shenyang

6:00pm: Wagner: Das Rheingold 3/27/1993-Levine; Morris, Schwarz, Wlaschiha, Langridge, Gjevang, Hölle, Koptchak, Hong, Horton Murray, Held, Pampuch, Guyer, Bunnell, White

9:00pm: Puccini: Tosca
1/6/1979-Conlon; Verrett, Pavarotti, MacNeil

12:00pm: This Month at The Met
Juan Diego Florez, Gerald Finley, Thomas Hampson, Donald Palumbo, Peter Gelb

Sunday, March 11, 2012

6:00am: Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
3/3/2007-Luisi; Hampson, Gheorghiu, Giordani, Furlanetto

9:00am: Gounod: Faust
1/5/1991-Fulton; Leech, Soviero, Morris, Quilico, Quittmeyer

12:00pm: Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann
2/27/1965-Varviso; Alexander, Scovotti, Cvejic, Amara, Dooley

3:00pm: Beethoven: Fidelio
1/7/1984-Tennstedt; Marton, Vickers, Mazura, Plishka, Peters, Atherton

6:00pm: Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
12/15/1973-Maag; Moffo, Alva, Shane, Hines, Gramm, Di Franco

9:00pm: The Met on Record: La Bohème (1947)
Antonicelli; Sayao, Tucker, Benzell, Valentino, Cehanovsky, Moscona

12:00am: Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani
3/20/1982-Levine; Scotto, Ochman, Elvira, Raimondi