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Her tiny hand is frozen

The strange and deeply moving production of La bohème by Stefan Herheim for Den Norske Opera begins at 1:00 EDT this afternoon. You can watch it here on parterre, after the jump.

  • Lohengrin

    Sorry, no time to watch; must see Last Night of the Proms from London……………………

  • redbear

    I’m watching Mezzo: Charpentier’s Medee from Basel this January with Mrs Rattle. Will watch it later.

    • Baltsamic Vinaigrette

      LADY Rattle, puh-lease, and was it any good?

      • armerjacquino

        I have a dim memory that it should strictly speaking be ‘Magdalena, Lady Rattle’, what with him not being a Lord.

        • Baltsamic Vinaigrette

          manou will doubtless oblige here. I thought that, by virtue of marriage to a knight of the realm, one was “Lady Surname”, whereas a woman born into the nobility was “Lady First Name” -- Diana, most famously. But I do not know about your example. Growing up as the fifth of six, and common as muck, I have striven to learn anything beyond “you there”.

          • manou

            Baltsamic is correct -- she is Lady Rattle. If she were married to a Lord, she would be The Lady Rattle. If she was the daughter of a nobleman she would be Lady Magdalena Rattle. And only if she was the widow of a Lord would she be Magdalena, Lady Rattle to distinguish her from the new Lady.

            The Fifth of Six is a very special order that requires others to curtsy in their presence…

          • steveac10

            Actually, if you’re married to a knight you’re just lady whatever. She would properly be introduced as Lady Rattle and addressed as Milady, or Lady Rattle. One note of sexism that has not been eradicated: Husbands of Dames (or any noble or peer)get nothing. I wonder how they’ll handle it when nobles and peers venture into same sex marriages. Technically you take your title from your husband, unless you were born of higher rank yourself. So a Duke’s husband would be….?

            • steveac10

              Looks like Manou and I were typing at the same time.

          • armerjacquino

            Heh. I should stick to things I have the slightest clue about.

            • Baltsamic Vinaigrette

              Hey, you opened a discussion worth having, aj. You’d be amazed how many parterriani aspire to following the example of Jamie Lee Curtis. We need to know what’s in store for us! Thank you manou, and also steveac10 for throwing down a challenge to Debrett’s and Burke’s Peerage. Yay! Watch this space…

            • armerjacquino

              Not just JLC. Fans of 90s angstfest MY SO-CALLED LIFE will be delighted to know that AJ Langer, who played Claire Danes’ best friend Rayanne, is now the Countess of Devon.

              Her father-in-law wouldn’t be popular hereabouts, however, and rightly so.

  • Liz.S

    Ach, this is a work of a genius!
    It’s such a unique interpretation, every single detail is meaningfully enacted as always, but to me everything also seems integral to the original piece.
    Tears started to roll in the middle of Act III (act 3, guys, act 3!) and I was crying uncontrollably (well, a bit of an exaggeration ;-) throughout Act VI. It’s amazing to see how deep La bohème can go.

    Thank you Stefan, thank you LaC!

    (Did anybody find a bit of an homage to Zeffirelli in their costumes in dreamy sequences?)

    • laddie

      Yes, act 3 got to me too. I give a lot of credit to Solberg singing both arias beautifully.

    • lorenzo.venezia

      I always cry in act three. It tears me up.

  • steveac10

    Beautifully thought out production. Honestly Boheme hasn’t elicited so much as a sniffle from me since the 80’s (I giggle through the entire last half of Steel Magnolias as well. Death scene and all). I choked up several times this afternoon and lost in in act 4..

    My quibbles here are the same as those with this Summers’ Hoffmann. The execution of both productions was sometimes sloppy. It looked like the chorus could have used another week or two in stage rehearsals and a couple of the principals just weren’t up to the challenge vocally. Also -- with his reliance on wigs over bald plates and back again (which was important to both shows on multiple levels) and he knows a taping is involved -- he needs to demand a better wig and make-up team (and budget).

  • Rowna

    I loved the production. Had seen it before with different singers. The tenor lost me. There was no characterization in his acting. And I didn’t care for his voice. Just my opinion.

  • WindyCityOperaman

    “Strange?” That’s the understatement of the decade.

    • Often admonished

      There’s little “strange” about pink-gel follow spots or clouds of dry ice. Quite the reverse. Try “hack”.

  • la vociaccia

    I love this production but what I loved even more was the shitstorm of pearl clutching that greeted it several years ago. ‘Twas fabulous.