La bohème - Irish National Opera

La bohème - Irish National Opera

SIGCD702 (Signum Classics, CD, 2 discs)

FIRST RELEASE (25 March 2022)

Playing time: 107'03"
Tracks: 16 + 17
Booklet pages: 132
℗ 2022 Irish National Opera
© 2022 Signum Records
Main country of recording: Ireland
Reviewer: Giuseppe Pennisi
Review of La bohème - Irish National Opera published on 15 October 2022

Celine Byrne, soprano (Mimì)
Anna Devin, soprano (Musetta)
Merūnas Vitulskis, tenor (Rodolfo)
David Bizic, baritone (Marcello)
Ben McAteer, baritone (Schaunard)
John Molloy, bass (Colline)
Eddie Wade, baritone (Benoît / Alcindoro)
Fearghal Curtis, tenor (Parpignol)
David Howes, bass-baritone (Doganiere)
Rory Dunne, bass-baritone (Sergente)
Independent Theatre Workshop (children's chorus)
Tara Rice, children's chorus assistant
Irish National Opera Chorus
Irish National Opera Orchestra
Sarah Sew, leader
Sergio Alapont, conductor

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924):

La bohème - to a libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger's book Scènes de la vie de bohème


1-11 Act I

12-16 Act II


1-8 Act III

9-17 Act IV

A musical testament to how deep bonds can form in the face of adversity, Puccini's most beloved opera tells of love and loss in the freezing poverty of nineteenth-century Paris. Following their recording of Gerald Barry's Alice's Adventures Under Ground, released in 2021, La bohème is Irish National Opera's second recording in their new partnership with Signum Classics. Presented with a cast featuring Irish talent including Celine Byrne, Anna Devin, Ben McAteer, John Molloy and more, this disc of Puccini's lavish score cements Irish National Opera's reputation as a company that records canonical operas to the highest standards.

Recorded in February 2021 at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, Ireland.