Marco Armiliato conducts as Anna Netrebko stars as Mimi in Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème on the Saturday matinee broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera. Classic 99.1 KFUO-FM will carry the broadcast beginning at 12:00 noon (CT). Nicole Cabell plays Musetta and Piotr Beczala appears as Rodolfo. Approximate running time 3 hours.
From Anthony Tommasini's February 21 review of La Bohème:
For the revival that opened on Saturday night, however, the Met had an exceptional roster of singers, headed by an established star soprano, Anna Netrebko, as Mimi, and an emerging star tenor, Piotr Beczala, as Rodolfo. Ms. Netrebko was the main draw, but in the opera world there is intense interest right now in Mr. Beczala, who made his Met debut in 2006 as the Duke in Verdi’s “Rigoletto.”
Mimi is one of Ms. Netrebko’s best roles, and she was wonderful. She sang whole phrases with an exceptionally rich yet focused sound. But as usual her singing was not flawless. Her approach exposed every slight deviation of pitch. Also true to form, she took great expressive liberties with her singing — sometimes prolonging, sometimes rushing phrases — liberties that the conductor Marco Armiliato was too willing to accommodate.