Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)

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01Five First Nights - La Bohème *20060724

Donald Macleod recreates the premieres of five different Puccini operas in five different cities.

On 1st February 1896, La Bohème opened at La Scala in Milan, with Toscanini conducting and Cesira Ferrani as Mimi.

It was Puccini's first great success.

Act I: Non sono in vena..

scusi/Che gelida manina/

Mi chiamano Mimi/O Soave fanciulla

Vienna State Opera Chorus

Vienna State Opera Orchestra

Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

Act II: Quando m'en vo (Musetta's waltz-song)

Act III: Marcello! Finalmente

Act IV: Sono andati?