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?