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La bohème makes the cut by virtue of its Parisian setting, and the chance to see this month’s cover star Massimo Cavelletti in action, providing a generously sung and acted Marcello. Plus it’s an enjoyable production by Alex Ollé, set in a contemporary Parisian banlieu, a social underbelly of blank high-rise blocks and graffiti. Its massive and flexible sets provide cinematic scope as they slide on and off, and the young cast rises to the occasion as they traverse the various rooms and streets. Irina Lungu’s Mimì is a little viscous vocally, but she looks the part and knows what she’s doing, as does Giorgio Berrugi’s bright and pingy tenor. Kelebogile Besong’s sweet soprano whoops it up as Musetta and Gabriele Sagona avoids ponderousness as Colline. Gianandrea Noseda conducts a very detailed version of the score, highlighting its modernity, and both orchestra and chorus are on good form.

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