La boheme by Puccini Critic. Vienna.


Vienna, 09May2013


Vienna State Opera XXI, the best Theater in the world, offering a «Boheme» with the best interpreter possible at these times to the difficult role of the poet Rodolfo: Polish tenor Piotr Beczala.  In December we heard him on 3 occasions in which he Marvel us with his great voice and tonight I confirm his great moment. He has been without a doubt the most complete tenor that has gone through the Stataarasoper this season and it is no wonder the great success he had in the past Salzburg Festival singing «La Boheme» next to the great soprano Anna Netrebko.

The masterful stage direction and the spectacular scenery (is still acclaimed after so many years the start of Act II) ran in charge of the great Franco Zefirelli possibly the best set designer of the latest decades.

-Colline; the veteran Polish bass Janus Monarcha that fulfilled both the interpretive part and the vocal. His interpretation turned out to very intense in the last act of the «Vecchia Zimarra» melancholy which he endowed of precise sense of sadness so necessary in that dramatic final outcome. Heis a fix in the Opera of Vienna Ensemble and a guarantee in secondary roles.

-Schaunard; the jovencisimo bass-baritone born in Prague Adam Plachetta, who pleasantly surprised at the last gala of the Wiener Opernball (the Opera ball) largely fulfilled a role that is well known since he debuted as a member of the Ensemble of the Vienna Opera in 2010. He is very young (28 years old) and has large physic presence, although he should improve some vocal aspects if he wants to meet guarantees on the future character of Don Giovanni

-Marcelo; the role of the Italian baritone Marco Caria painter one of the most promising singers that have emerged lately. His voice is very big and is going to be a singer to take into account in the future. He highlighted especially in Act III and marvel in the duo «O Mimi, tu piu non torni» of the last act with the tenor Beczała, engrowing with its interpretation the level of the cast in terms of male voices.

-Musetta; the young Romanian soprano Anita Hartig which was very convincing all the night in the interpretative part (physicist helps a lot). It shows that she perfectly knows the role and it is no surprise that she made her debut with it at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2009. Vocally it was very secure in the top notes and was applauded after the famous «Quando me n’vo” at the second Act. Complete the cast of singers of highest level that  the Vienner Opera presented with members of its Ensemble in one of the most vocally speaking interesting nights of the 2012-2013 season.

José Nogueira