[Met Performance] CID:298050
La Bohème {939} Matinee ed. Metropolitan Opera House: 09/30/1989.

(Debuts: Richard Leech, Donato Renzetti
Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
September 30, 1989 Matinee


LA BOHÈME {939}
Puccini-Illica/Giacosa

Mimì....................Hei-Kyung Hong
Rodolfo.................Richard Leech [Debut]
Musetta.................Sona Ghazarian
Marcello................Brian Schexnayder
Schaunard...............Vernon Hartman
Colline.................John Cheek
Benoit..................Renato Capecchi
Alcindoro...............Renato Capecchi
Parpignol...............Meredith Derr
Sergeant................Frank Coffey
Officer.................Ray Morrison

Conductor...............Donato Renzetti [Debut]

Production..............Franco Zeffirelli
Stage Director..........Lesley Koenig
Set designer............Franco Zeffirelli
Costume designer........Peter J. Hall
Lighting designer.......Gil Wechsler

La Bohème received fourteen performances this season.

Review of Martin Mayer in Opera (UK)

Zeffirelli's "La Bohème" was also on display in these early weeks of the season, and I went to hear the leading roles sung by a pair of suitably young artists; Hei-Kyung Hong and Richard Leech in the second appearance of his debut season. Both were marvelous. Leech is growing into a first-class lyric tenor, and Hong is beginning to move towards the lirico-spinto sound where I think her future lies. She was a much more confident Mimi this year than two years ago. Brian Schexnayder was a solid Marcello; Vernon Hartman and John Cheek sang the other Bohemians well. Sona Ghazarian, unfortunately, was a disastrous Musetta, sharp enough to ruin the third act quartet, and dramatically "sehr Mitteleuropäische." There are a half dozen junior sopranos on the Met roster who could do this role better; why is she imported? The conductor was Donato Renzetti, making his Met debut.



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