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Two kids from Modena June 24, 2006

Posted by Jeff in Italian, La Boheme, Opera, Theater.

In three parts, the second half of the first act of Puccini’s La Boheme. The first video is from the exit of the amici through “Che gelida manina” …

The second is “Si, mi chiamano Mimi” …

The third is “O soave fanciulla” to the end of the act.

Although they didn’t know each other in their youth, Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni grew up a few blocks apart in the city otherwise best known for aceto balsamico vinegar. According to legend, they shared the same wet-nurse (“Get me that wet-nurse!” – Rudolf Bing).

From a San Francisco Opera production; I confirmed this is from 1989 (the YouTube posting says 1990). Just shows how relatively quickly he declined. Okay, so it’s easy to make fun of him for the Three Tenors, that awful movie and for taking way too long to retire. I saw him live seven times, both in operas and recitals; he was underrated as an operatic actor, and vocally … believe me, at his best he was da bomb.

PS Fair warning: any whining about the lack of subtitles will not be tolerated. Print this out and follow along …

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