Magazine article Opera Canada

Burnaby Lyric Opera's Presented a Physically Explosive Staging of la Boheme (Seen Feb. 27) That Was in Perfect Keeping with the Late-Adolescent Ages of Puccini's Characters

Magazine article Opera Canada

Burnaby Lyric Opera's Presented a Physically Explosive Staging of la Boheme (Seen Feb. 27) That Was in Perfect Keeping with the Late-Adolescent Ages of Puccini's Characters

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CANADA

BURNABY, BC

Burnaby Lyric Opera's presented a physically explosive staging of La boheme (seen Feb. 27) that was in perfect keeping with the late-adolescent ages of Puccini's characters. Stage director Richard Berg set the bar high and encouraged his players to act out the full range of their emotions physically as well as musically. Berg, also credited with the modular set incorporating sections of a map of Paris, has a penchant for full stage action, moving his characters through the entire set, though stalling them when the music demands it. He introduced humour for dramatic contrast in the poignant scenes, which was well appreciated by a receptive audience. Music Director Angus Kellett echoed the intensity of the on-stage action tastefully. Lighting by Robert Sondergaard and costumes by Gina McLellan Morel added to the overall unity of the production.

Tenor Kwangmin Brian Lee as Rodolfo and baritone Jason Cook as Marcello introduced the bohemians effectively, their voices well projected and blending well together. They were particularly effective in their Act IV duet, "O Mimi, tu piu non torni," setting up the final tragedy of the seamstress's death. …

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