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Metropolitan Opera - La Boheme Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 7



5.0 star rating Richard from Connecticut


Fantastic staging and performances except for Mimi

5.0 star rating from New York, New York


Tremendous experience

4.0 star rating VKE from New York, New York


Just returned from opening night, 11/23, would have 5 stars but for the lost of the dramatic effect of the death scene: Mimi suppose to drop the muff, a dramatic indication of her death . This Mimi never lost the muff.

3.0 star rating Chris & Jenny Banks from Hereford, UK


My husband and I are Puccini fans and love La Boheme and have seen it four or five times. Our seats in the gand tier were great. We were looking forward to the Met performance. But it surprised us by being such a huge venue. This made Boheme, a compact Opera, rather lost and voices literally disappeared. Some of the sets were too complex and they took ages to change especially when the machinary broke down. The 'pub scene' with Musette as the star turn was so lavish as to be ridiculous. There was a huge chorus, (and I mean huge) a pony and trap, a horse and cart and a full marching band. I kid you not. That, and the very long scene changes were rather irritating and took away the atmosphere from what is essentially a small scale intimate opera. We have seen better with the Welsh National Opera and indeed a small opera in Paris. All in all it was a disappointing experience from a premier venue, and we were not as emotionally drained at the end as we usually are

3.0 star rating Andrew L Sunkin from New York, New York


Yesterday was my 64th birthday and the first time to the Met in 2 years...I was looking forward to this performance for criticism is not about the performance...I am clearly not qualified to was the mechanics of the performance that was the problem...three short and two long for scene changes...these breaks seemed longer than the acts themselves..damaged the continuity of the story and any emotional connection that I might have had....perhaps the designers should have concentrated on the actual performance and not the pomp and circumstance...I can't believe that I am the only one thinking this...

3.0 star rating Deirdre Larkin from New York, New York


I booked la boheme 3 months ago and was so looking forward to this bucket list performance having travelled from Ireland. I attended on 10th Nov however was unfortunately underwhelmed. Whilst I enjoyed the performance, the voices of the performers, in particular the lead male performer was lost in the vast arena. The first and final acts set felt too removed from the audience.The orchestra at times drowned out the individual performers. The set however was amazing.

2.0 star rating L Machado from San Diego CA


We love opera. But this performance of our beloved La Boheme had several structural flaws. Act 1 has the actors up off the stage to simulate a top floor apartment. Even though we were in row G, the 6th row, the actors were a very long way away. The large orchestra was first. Then a large waste of empty stage, then the simulated rooftop apartment had the performers a very very long way away. It was hard to hear them and impossible to see their faces. Row G was like a normal back of the house experience. Without the visual cues of emotion and without the closeness of thre voices the experience was completely flat The second act had tons of movement wit a live horse and a donkey and over a hundred performers. So the sound was clearly audible but the primary voices were lost in the chaos. A conductor and a production team should ensure that the audience hears and sees and csn feel the emotion. This production seemed to be made for TV and disregards the audiences experience


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