Puccini: La Boheme

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Luciano Pavarotti, Renata Scotto, and Ingvar Wixell star in this Metropolitan Opera production of the Puccini opera conducted by James Levine.

Product Details

  • Actors: Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti, Maralin Niska, Ingvar Wixell, James Levine
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM)
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • ASIN: B0007Q6PBK
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Customer Reviews

Classic Puccini

189 people found this helpful.
 on January 3, 2006
By Michael Birman
La Boheme is certainly one of the top three performed Operas worldwide, along with Carmen and Aida. It is not my favorite Puccini Opera; that distinction goes to Manon Lescaut which, as opera critic Irving Kolodin so perfectly phrased it, is “the most of the promise, with the least cost of the fulfillment.” I don’t begrudge Puccini his popularity: his music is often beautiful, the emotions direct and heartfelt. His librettos seem designed to tug the heartstrings in a plebian grab for popularity, like a television show tested by a focus group. But that’s OK. So when I see a production of any of Puccini’s most popular operas, I tend to concentrate on sound: the beauty of the instrumental music, the vocal qualities of the singers. I usually ignore the plot. A misguided fear of being manipulated by a master? Probably. I’m weird that way!

Classic performance

67 people found this helpful.
 on October 17, 2005
By pm444
This is a video of the first live Met telecast, recorded in 1977. Therefore, the video image is not up to the standards we’re accustomed to seeing today. There are problems with focus and at times the image is downright blurry. This is particularly noticeable in scenes with very little light.


86 people found this helpful.
 on October 3, 2009
By Anthony Rossi
There seems to be a little confusion with Mike Smith’s review of the various versions of “La Boheme”. Yes, the 1977 DG version was historic…I remember it well. But Scotto WAS Mimi and not Musetta…(that role was sung by Maralin Niska). The 2008 EMI version was a total waste (as most of the EMI HD DVDs which it offered). The 1977 DG version is the BEST, in my opinion, because it offers us the Mimi of the great Teresa Stratas and not Scotto as Mike Smith states…Scotto is Musetta on this DVD and is wonderful. I was a great fan of Scotto and would give my eye teeth to have her Met performances of “Butterfly” and “Il Trittico” on DVD.

Prima Donna of the highest order

66 people found this helpful.
 on September 22, 2005
By Robert Petersen
The first ever MET telecast, featuring 2 operatic greats at the height of their powers. Pavarotti, slimmer looking (but almost didn’t make the high C in his aria), sings his siganture role magically. Scotto, my favourite soprano, portrays Mimi differently to what we are used to seeing and hearing. Watch the bonus interview and you will understand what I mean! 1st class – a Boheme in the old style – highly recommended


31 people found this helpful.
 on July 27, 2006
By Roy Gordon
I saw this when it was first televised in 1977. On a small black and white TV. There were no subtitles.

A Boheme for the ages.

33 people found this helpful.
 on December 21, 2009
By Douglasmagee
This grand Zeffirelli production has a perfect cast. All singers look the parts and act well. Teresa Stratas was considered the greatest singing actress of her generation. Her fragile Mimi really hit the benchmark! Jose Carreras’passion and drop-dead handsomeness, coupled with a great voice and vocal technique provide the perfect Rodolpho. Renata Scotto’s Musetta was brilliantly acted and sung by the greatest Italian diva of the day. All the other roles were well cast. The great Maestro and Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera,James Levine, presented an impassioned reading of the score-remarkably cognizant of the composer’s wishes. The Met Opera orchestra is at it’s best and the choruses are great!

classic boheme

23 people found this helpful.
 on January 9, 2007
By harmless drudge
I have little to add to the other reviews about the performance. It is a classic. Both Scotto and Pavarotti perform signature roles; certainly, Scotto may not have the “purest” voice for the part, but she is in good shape and, more importantly for a video, knows how to act. Pavarotti is “early” rather than “late” Pavarotti — voice in great shape and, although he doesn’t look like the starving artist, he is able to move about the stage. Niska turns in a superlative Muzetta; heard her sing several roles during that decade (from Nedda to Salome) and was always impressed with her voice and acting; never could figure out why she didn’t make it “big”. As a couple of reviewers have pointed out, because of the age of the performance (1977), the video is a bit soft, not as sharp as we have come to expect in the digital age. However, the lighting is good, the sets are typically MET traditional. I’ve seen a couple of more recent Bohemes and find none better than this one.

Finally back on DVD The best BOHEME

30 people found this helpful.
 on October 10, 2009
By DodgyUSA
I have this on vhs and have been waiting for this magnificent Zeffirelli production from the MET to be released on dvd. Stratas and Carreras are wonderful. 28+ years later, the audience still applaud the set when the curtain goes up on Acts 2 and 3. Bravo to all involved.

Fabulous Transfer of a Fabulous "La Boheme"! So Much better Than the 1999 Release!

9 people found this helpful.
 on February 10, 2014
By Stratas Fan
Finally, Deutsche Grammophon has released a masterfully restored version of this stunning performance. This features restored video, remastered audio with options for stereo or 5.1 surround, choices of subtitles in six languages, and the BTS featurette. If you have the 1999 Pioneer release, this is a fabulous upgrade.

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