Opera - La Bohème

   
 GIACOMO PUCCINI
 La bohème 111:00  
  A Bohemian Life  
   
  Opera in four acts  
  Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henry Murger's Scènes de la vie de bohème  
  English version by William Grist and Percy Pinkerton, with amendments by David parry  
   
  Act I 35:26      
1 Marcello - 'This Red Sea Passage feels deep and chill to me' 4:21
  (Marcello, Rodolfo, Colline)  
2 Colline - 'Profound and thoughtful!' 1:21
  (Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo)  
3 Rodolfo - 'Firewood!' 3:48
  (Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline, Schaunard)  
4 Benoit - 'Hello' 5:33
  (Benoit, Marcello, Schaunard, Colline, Rodolfo)  
5 Rodolfo - 'I'll stay here, I must complete my article' 1:00
  (Rodolfo, Marcello, Colline, Schaunard)  
6 Rodolfo - 'No inspiration' 2:44
  (Rodolfo, Mimì)  
7 Mimì - 'Oh! How dreadful!' 1:40
  (Mimì, Rodolfo)  
8 Rodolfo - 'Your tiny hand is frozen!' 4:40
  (Rodolfo)  
9 Mimì - 'Yes, I'm always called Mimì' 5:17
  (Mimì, Rodolfo)  
10 Schaunard - 'Hey! Rodolfo!' 0:48
  (Schaunard, Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Mimì)  
11 Rodolfo - 'Lovely maid in the moonlight' 45:16
  (Rodolfo, Mimì)  
  Act II 19:20      
12 Hawkers - 'Come, buy my oranges!' 2:48
  (Chorus, Schaunard, Rodolfo, Mimì, Colline, Marcello)  
13 Rodolfo - 'What is it?' 3:18
  (Rodolfo, Mimì, Schaunard, Marcello, Chorus)  
14 Children - 'Long live Parpignol!' 3:12
  (Chorus,Schaunard, Marcello, Colline, Rodolfo, Mimì, Alcindoro, Musetta)  
15 Marcello - 'You had better ask me' 2:40
  (Marcello, Musetta, Alcindoro, Colline, Schaunard, Chorus, Rodolfo, Mimì)  
16 Musetta - 'As thro' the street I wander' 5:04
  (Musetta, Marcello, Alcindoro, Mimì, Rodolfo, Colline, Schaunard)  
17 Colline - 'Who had him bring it?' 2:17
  (Colline, Schaunard, Rodolfo, Marcello, Chorus, Musetta, Mimì)  
   
  Act III 26:11      
18 Scavengers - 'Hallo! You soldiers! Admit us!' 3:41
  (Chorus, Customs Official, Musetta)  
19 Mimì - 'Oh, please sir, tell me, do you know the tavern' 1:46
  (Mimì, Customs Sergeant, Customs Official)  
20 Marcello - 'Mimì!' - Mimì - 'I hoped that I would find you here' 4:57
  (Marcello, Mimì)  
21 Rodolfo - 'Marcello, you're outside here' 1:45
  (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimì)  
22 Rodolfo - 'Mimì is fickle-hearted' 1:25
  (Rodolfo, Marcello)  
23 Rodolfo - 'Mimì's so sickly, so ailing!' 3:29
  (Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimì)  
24 Mimì - 'To the home that she left' 3:13
  (Mimì)  
25 Rodolfo - 'Then it really is over' 5:55
  (Rodolfo, Mimì, Marcello, Musetta)  
  Act IV 29:45      
26 Marcello - 'In a coupé?' 1:13
  (Marcello, Rodolfo)  
27 Rodolfo - 'Oh Mimì, our love is over' 5:47
  (Rodolfo, Marcello, Schaunard, Colline)  
28 Colline - 'Gavotta' 1:47
  (Colline, Marcello, Rodolfo, Schaunard)  
29 Musetta - 'It's Mimì! It's Mimì who is with me' 6:04
  (Musetta, Rodolfo, Schaunard, Mimì, Marcello)  
30 Colline - 'Venerable garment, listen' 2:38
  (Colline, Schaunard)  
31 Mimì - 'Have they left us?' 6:53
  (Mimì, Rodolfo, Schaunard)  
32 Musetta - 'Sleeping?' - Rodolfo - 'Just resting' 2:16
  (Musseta, Rodolfo, Marcello, Mimì)  
33 Rodolfo - 'What did the doctor say?' 2:58
  (Rodolfo, Marcello, Musetta, Schaunard, Colline)  
   
 Cynthia Haymon soprano - Mimì
 Dennis O'Neill tenor - Rodolfo
 Alan Opie baritone - Marcello
 Alastair Miles bass - Colline
 William Dazeley baritone - Schaunard
 Andrew Shore baritone - Benoit
 Mark Milhofer tenor - Parpignol
 Marie McLaughlin soprano - Musetta
 David Parry
  3-7 September 1997