DG’s recording will become film soundtrack
Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón have just swept Munich audiences away in three sold-out concert performances of Puccini’s La Bohème, which were rewarded with standing ovations. The Deutsche Grammophon recording team was on hand for the gala event at the Philharmonie am Gasteig. With additional sessions scheduled before and after the concerts, the recording will combine the frisson of live performance with the advantages of studio conditions.
“The chemistry between soprano and tenor was palpable from the very first note”, wrote Manuel Brug in Die Welt after the first concert. “Villazón sang yearningly; Netrebko melted Philharmonie listeners with her warmly radiant high notes. . . . With the dramatically flexible Bertrand de Billy conducting, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra responded with precise, sensitive playing.”
As Mimì and Rodolfo, Anna and Rolando were supported by a superb young cast, all rapidy rising stars in the opera world: American soprano Nicole Cabell as Musetta, Israeli baritone Boaz Daniel as Marcello, French baritone Stéphane Degout as Schaunard, and Ukrainian bass Vitalij Kowaljow as Colline.
Deutsche Grammophon’s recording of La Bohème, which is scheduled for release in October 2007, will also provide the soundtrack for a new cinema/TV film of Puccini’s opera, starring Anna, Rolando and the Munich cast, to be directed by Oscar-, Emmy- and Venice Festival Golden Lion- nominated Robert Dornhelm.