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Puccini’s La Bohème - November 17, 2012, 7:00 pm - Florida Grand Opera



This is one of my favorite Puccini operas and the Florida Grand Opera did an excellent job with this production.  I’ve seen the opera in San Francisco, and with the bigger budget they have, the set design was better and the quality of the singers was better but overall, Florida Grand Opera did itself proud with this production.

The set design was very well done and the snow scene was amazingly realistic, probably the best snow scene I’ve seen outside of the real thing.  The interchange of the sets was done quickly, quietly and efficiently.  I’ve seen FGO really botch the scene changes so this was a nice change. 

The voice that stood out to me was Arturo Chacón-Cruz’s Rodolfo.  He has a beautiful tenor voice.  However, it seemed that in the second act, he strained a little but in the third act, he was back to great voice.  Ailyn Pérez’s Mimi was pretty good.  According to the playbill, she has sung the role before in other venues but it seemed to me she was a little lost with her arias - unsure of herself.  It could have been the opera house was new to her or that it was opening night.  In any case, she did shine with her duets with Rodolfo.  

One of my opera companions thought Brittany Ann Reneé Robinson’s Musetta was was the best voice.  I thought she did well but felt she was reaching a couple of times.  She certainly performed the part well. 

One of the highlights was the Miami Children’s Chorus that did the street scene quite well. 

Overall, FGO did an excellent job. 

The image is from the Florida Grand Opera website at www.fgo.org.

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