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1:05 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Special Archival Broadcast: Toscanini Conducts Puccini's LA BOHEME, Nov. 16, 1 PM

Join us on Opera Day 2013 to hear an outstanding 1946 performance of Puccini's LA BOHEME, conducted by Arturo Toscanini with the NBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and an all-star cast of soloists.  Pledge $365 on November 16th between 6 am and 6 pm and we'll thank you with Arturo Toscanini: The Complete RCA Collection on 85 CDs and a bonus DVD.

Synopsis

The world première performance of La bohème took place in Turin on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio and was conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini. The opera quickly became popular throughout Italy has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide. In 1946, 50 years after the opera's premiere, Toscanini conducted this performance with the NBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. It is the only recording of a Puccini opera by its original conductor. Saturday, November 16, 1 to 3 pm.

Cast:

Mimi: Licia Albanese, soprano

Rodolfo: Jan Peerce, tenor

Marcello: Francesco Valentino, baritone

Musetta: Anne McKnight, soprano

Colline: Nicola Moscona, bass

Schaunard: George Cehanovsky, baritone

Benoit and Alcindoro: Salvatore Baccaloni, bass

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